Resignation information

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The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated associations or not for profit bodies that are not trading or financial corporations. The Guide to who is in the WA State System has more detail.

This information does not apply to any business which operates as a Pty Ltd business and is a trading or financial corporation nor to any incorporated association or not for profit body that is a trading or financial corporation. These businesses and organisations are in the national fair work system and should visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website for information on employment laws.

Employees are entitled to resign from their job at any time and for any reason. 

When an employee resigns, he or she must give the employer notice of resignation.  The required notice period is the number of hours, days or weeks required by any WA award that applies to the employment, or any employment contract the employee may have signed when they commenced work. 

Visit the WA award summaries page for information on notice periods for resignation in any relevant award. If unsure about whether a WA award applies, please contact Wageline

The employee is entitled to get any unpaid wages and to be paid out for unused accrued annual and long service leave.

The employee can also request a separation certificate.  A separation certificate is a written statement specifying the period of employment and the job classification or type of work performed. 

Record keeping

All state system employers are legally required to keep employment records that detail time worked, leave taken and pay received by employees.

Learn more on the record keeping requirements page


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