What is the procedure to terminate an employment contract in Australia?

To begin a termination procedure in Australia, the employer must inform the employee of the intent to terminate using the notice period timelines outlined above. In cases of dismissal for poor performance or misconduct, an employee should have an opportunity to respond to allegations, and the employer should ensure that an employee was given ample notice and direction to improve (in the case of poor performance). It is important to document these notices, as an employee may file for unfair dismissal if the correct procedure and documentation are not followed.  

In cases of termination for redundancy, the employer must document at length the fact that the role is “genuinely redundant.” This documentation process is rather detailed, and a local PEO can manage it for your company. 

If you have questions about terminating employment contracts in Australia, please get in touch with our team today! 

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