Jump to Share article Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Email Share link via email Jump to heading This information resource is for private sector employees in Western Australia. It is general information only and not intended to be a substitute for legal advice. By using the information on this page, you agree to our full disclaimer. There are two systems of employment law in Western Australia: a state system and a national system. While this information resource is suitable for both state system employees and national system employees, it will help you to know which system of employment law you are covered by. If you are unsure, please see our publication Q&A: State or national for WA employees. Quick Summary If you have agreed to work for someone for money, this usually means you are an employee, and an employment contract exists. An employment contract is essentially the agreement made about the terms and conditions of your job. An employment contract can be written, verbal or a combination of both. There is no requirement at law for an employment contract to be written, or to be signed. Generally, your contract cannot provide you with worse conditions than minimum standards provided under the law or an applicable industrial award or agreement. Your contract can provide for conditions that put you in a better position than these minimum standards. Your employment contract can also look to put other obligations on you such as not working for another employer, the repayment of specific costs and can clarify additional payments that you may be entitled to. Where you think that your employer is not giving you entitlements in your contract or you believe that your contract is including terms that are below your minimum conditions then you may be able to bring a claim.