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Hello everybody,

I have recently been offered a position in Australia, but on conditions that I will not leave the company for 2 yrs.

Are such employment bonds legal in Australia?

This employer is not arranging for relocation expenses (flight, temp accommodation), and I am on my own. Salarywise its 30% less than the average market rate.

They said that the bond is just to recover the costs that they incur during the training.

I am confused as the work is very interesting, but the bond is unacceptable to me.

Please advise?

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Roy
 

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Hi Royen:

They are legal, however not that common. I would get exactly what costs they are talking about in writing as it sounds like they want to get you stuck for 2 yrs. I've usually seen such things when they've paid for a employee sponsorship and agent fees, but if they haven't then I don't see the reason for it.

If they really won't budge on having a contract I would try to get it down to 1 yr. It's almost certain no matter the type of job that you will stay for a year

Hello everybody,

I have recently been offered a position in Australia, but on conditions that I will not leave the company for 2 yrs.

Are such employment bonds legal in Australia?

This employer is not arranging for relocation expenses (flight, temp accommodation), and I am on my own. Salarywise its 30% less than the average market rate.

They said that the bond is just to recover the costs that they incur during the training.

I am confused as the work is very interesting, but the bond is unacceptable to me.

Please advise?

Regards,
Roy
 

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Which visa are you moving over on? Do you already have PR?

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Hi Royen:

They are legal, however not that common. I would get exactly what costs they are talking about in writing as it sounds like they want to get you stuck for 2 yrs. I've usually seen such things when they've paid for a employee sponsorship and agent fees, but if they haven't then I don't see the reason for it.

If they really won't budge on having a contract I would try to get it down to 1 yr. It's almost certain no matter the type of job that you will stay for a year
Thanks Amaslam. Basically they want to recover the training costs. As I already have a PR so there is no probability of them doing a sponsorship. Mainly they would want to recover the training cost which I ll be given.

I m trying to negotiate that and bring it down to about a year.
 

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Hi Royen,

What would happen if you left the company within two years? When working in the UK I had a employee contract for 12 months and if I left within 12 months after doing some training (which the company paid for) then I would have to pay for the training. Circumstances changed and I left the company paying them back their training. Is this a similar contract?

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Hi Royen,

What would happen if you left the company within two years? When working in the UK I had a employee contract for 12 months and if I left within 12 months after doing some training (which the company paid for) then I would have to pay for the training. Circumstances changed and I left the company paying them back their training. Is this a similar contract?

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Karen
Yes Karen, its very similar to what you have mentioned but the only thing they have not mentioned is the amount they would be spending on the training. So I am a bit wary of this.

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Yes Karen, its very similar to what you have mentioned but the only thing they have not mentioned is the amount they would be spending on the training. So I am a bit wary of this.

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Roy
Yep I understand. You definitely want to know a figure before signing anything.
 
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