Check visa entitlements and conditions
If you're an international student studying in NSW and you'd like to work while you're studying, you can check your visa rules online. You may be eligible to work up to 40 hours per fortnight during term time and full time during holidays. It's important to check visa rules before you apply for a job.
Apply for an Individual Tax File Number
You can apply for an individual Tax File Number (TFN) from the Australian Tax Office (ATO). It’s not compulsory to hold a TFN, but it will help you to start or change jobs and lodge a tax return.
Understand Award Pay Rates
Before you start work in NSW, it's important you understand your workplace rights and responsibilities. These laws are administered by the Australian Government Fair Work Ombudsman. An employee's minimum pay rate can come from an award, enterprise agreement, other registered agreement, or the national minimum wage. The Fair Work Ombudsman website will help you understand your workplace rights, and conditions at work.
Use the simple income tax calculator
You can use this online calculator to give you an estimate of the tax you owe on your taxable income.
Use the pay calculator
If you want to find out how much you should be getting paid, you can use the online pay calculator. The calculator will work out pay rates (hourly and weekly), penalty rates, casual rates, allowances, shift work, overtime, and public holiday rates, all based on the industry and role you enquire about.
Use the leave calculator
You can find out how much annual leave, annual leave loading, and sick and carer's leave you've accrued, using the online leave calculator.
Apply for an RSA or RCG competency card
If you’re going to work in a place that serves alcohol or provides gambling services, you'll need to have completed training in Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) and/or Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG). Once you have your competency card, you can access it digitally using the Service NSW mobile app.
Apply for a National Police Certificate
You may need to apply online for a National Police Certificate from the NSW Police Force for your employment, student placement or visa.
Apply for a Working with Children Check
You'll need to complete a Working With Children Check (WWCC) if you work or volunteer in child-related work in NSW. It involves a National Police Check (criminal history record check) and a review of reportable workplace misconduct.
Apply for a construction induction card
If you want to do construction work in NSW, you'll need to have completed training and hold a general construction induction card (commonly known as a 'white card').