What should be included in an employment contract?
Whatever is necessary to ensure both employers and employees clearly understand their obligations and responsibilities.
The minimum entitlements of national system employees* are prescribed by the National Employment Standards (NES) and where relevant, in Awards.
Employment contracts can refer to, or incorporate, or enhance NES and Award entitlements. Employment contracts also address other matters that reflect the bargain reached between the employer and employee.
Need to check if you have missed anything in your employment contracts? Here is a link to an Employment Contract Content Checklist which identifies some of the issues that you may wish to address in your employment contracts.
[*Local government and state public sector employees are not covered by the national system].