When you engage a new employee to gain work experience for your business, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re doing it right.

Usually, you need a contract between you and that employee.

A Work Experience Agreement ensures that both parties are clear on essential points such as how your organisation works, the person’s role, termination rights, confidentiality, and intellectual property rights. It will also clarify whether there will be pay and, if so, what those pay rates will be.   

A Work Experience Agreement can also incorporate any unique protections you would like included in the contract. 

Why Do I Need A Work Experience Agreement?

The most important aspect of a Work Experience Agreement is to ensure that any unique content produced during the experience is assigned to your business rather than the individual. 

It’s also important to have this contract in place because it clearly sets out confidentiality protections and your expectations for the individual’s role. 

Additionally, in order to prevent businesses from not paying staff their correct entitlements, the Fair Work Act stipulates what counts as ‘work experience’.  As part of our service, our employment lawyer will have a consultation with you to help you understand your employer responsibilities. This will ensure you’re compliant with the Fair Work Act — avoiding harsh fines and penalties down the track.  

What’s Included In A Work Experience Agreement?

In a Work Experience Agreement, we’ll typically include clauses to address the following matters:

  • Role/duties of the individual
  • Intellectual property protections
  • Termination
  • Wages (if applicable)
  • Non-solicitation
  • Any other provisions you’d like in the agreement or which we’d recommend.

We can tailor a Work Experience Agreement to the unique requirements of your business, allowing you to easily re-use this agreement. 

Why Choose Sprintlaw?

Work experience must fit certain criteria to be compliant with Fair Work’s stipulations. This makes our Work Experience Agreement package particularly valuable — you’ll have a consult with an experienced employment lawyer to make sure you aren’t violating the Fair Work Act. Plus, you’ll receive an expertly-drafted contract that will help you build a great work experience culture in your business.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for more information!

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