Employer obligations and pay slip evidence

​All Australian employers must provide their employees with pay, conditions and workplace entitlements in accordance with the Fair Work Act 2009 or relevant state legislation. This includes work performed in Australia’s agriculture sector, such as plant or animal cultivation activities on a farm.

From 31 August 2015, all applicants for a second Working Holiday visa must provide pay slips as evidence of appropriate remuneration with their application. This will help us ensure that work undertaken by Working Holiday visa holders is performed in accordance with workplace law. All Australian employers are legally required to provide their employees with pay slips.

Work performed before the commencement date will not require pay slip evidence.

Electronic copies of applicants pay slips can be uploaded as attachments to their online second Working Holiday visa application, or hardcopies can be provided with their paper application.

Pay slips need to show that the participant's specified work was paid work and that the pay was in accord with the basic pay entitlements employees should receive when working in Australia. Australian rates of pay can be found on the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

Temporary transitional arrangements

We acknowledge that some participants will be in the middle of a work placement on 31 August 2015, and might be unable to provide pay slips for work undertaken on/around that date. In this scenario, pay slips will not be required, provided it is clear from the dates on the participant's specified work supporting documentation (such as Form 1263 (171KB PDF)) that the placement was already underway on 31 August 2015.

Example:

A client who commenced volunteer work (or WWOOF work) for an employer on 15 August 2015, was still working for that same employer on 31 August 2015, and did not conclude their volunteer (or WWOOF) work with that same employer until 24 September 2015.
Outcome: A client in this situation would not be required to provide any pay slips for any of the specified work they performed for that employer from 15 August 2015 to 24 September 2015.

Note: These temporary transitional arrangements will conclude on 30 November 2015. All specified work performed from 1 December 2015 onwards will need to be paid work with pay slips provided as evidence, regardless of whether a participant commenced working for their employer before 31 August 2015.​

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