The last two posts in our series on starting a personal training business will look at two important aspects of running your business: ongoing employer obligations, and work health and safety. Once you have started a successful personal training business, you will more than likely need to hire other trainers to work for you, as well as other employees. It is therefore important that you have a clear understanding of your obligations as an employer. Here are some of the things that you need to know;

  • As an employer, you are obliged to provide minimum standards of pay, conditions, and entitlements.
  • Employers and employees in the private sector are covered by the national workplace relations system, which was established by the Fair Work Act 2009. The only exception is in Western Australia, where the employers and employees of an unincorporated business are covered by the Western Australian workplace relations system.
  • It is important to be familiar with the national workplace relations system because it includes the minimum National Employment Standards (NES), modern awards, minimum wage orders, and unfair dismissal protections.
  • Visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website for more information about pay and conditions according to the national workplace relations system. This will help you to comply with the workplace right and obligations as set out in the Fair Work Act 2009.
  • Visit the Labour Relations website is you are covered by the Western Australian workplace relations system. Here you will find all the relevant information pertaining to employer and employee obligations.

Remember to read our previous posts in this series for more information about the following topics relating to employer obligations:

  • Work health and safety regulations (Part 20 of this series)
  • Workers compensation insurance obligations (Part 20 of this series)
  • Public liability insurance obligations (Part 13 of this series)