Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in

Christmas Island

Rivermate offers complete payroll, benefits and compliance services for

Christmas Island

01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

Australian Dollar
Flying Fish Cove
Ease of doing business
GDP growth

02. Grow your team in

Christmas Island

with Rivermate

Payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance can be difficult to manage in

Christmas Island

, particularly if you don't have established local relationships. You can hire employees in

Christmas Island

effectively, conveniently, and in full compliance with all relevant labor laws using Rivermate's global employment solution. We handle the responsibilities and legal risks associated with foreign employment so you can concentrate on growing your company.

03. Summary

Christmas Island Territory is an Australian external territory that encompasses the same-named island. It's in the Indian Ocean, some 350 kilometers south of Java and Sumatra and 1,550 kilometers north of the nearest point on Australian soil. It is 135 square kilometers in size. As of 2016, Christmas Island had a population of 1,843 people, the majority of whom lived in settlements on the island's northern tip. Flying Fish Cove is the largest village. In the past, Asian Australians of Chinese, Malay, and Indian ancestry had made up the bulk of the population. Today, Malaysian Chinese or Singaporean Chinese account for roughly two-thirds of the island's population, with large numbers of Malays and European Australians, as well as smaller numbers of Malaysian Indians and Eurasians. English, Malay, and various Chinese dialects are among the languages spoken. The island's main religions are Islam and Buddhism. The religion issue in the Australian census is voluntary, and 28% of the population does not disclose their religious beliefs, if they have any. Several languages are spoken; at home, 27.8% of Christmas Islanders spoke only English, while 17.2% spoke Mandarin and Malay. Cantonese and Min Nan are two other languages spoken at home. The island's main religions are Buddhism and Islam; however, the religion issue in the Australian census is voluntary, and 28% of the population does not state their religious beliefs, if any. Richard Rowe of the Thomas was the first European to sight the island in 1615. Captain William Mynors named the island on Christmas Day 1643, but it was not settled until the late 1800s. Because of its geographic isolation and history of limited human disturbance, its flora and fauna have a high degree of endemism, which scientists and naturalists are interested in. The Christmas Island National Park encompasses the bulk of the island and has many areas of primary monsoonal forest. Since 1899, phosphate has been mined on the island, which was initially deposited as guano.

04. Public holidays

05. Types of leave

Paid time off

Public holidays

Sick days

Maternity leave

Paternity leave

Parental leave

Other leave

06. Employment termination

Termination process

Notice period

Severance pay

Probation period

07. Working hours



08. Minimum wage


On July 1, 2021, the minimum wage will increase to 15.03 USD per hour and 571.35 USD per week.

Bonuses are common and are calculated based on an employee's annual salary. Pay increases on average every 16 months, but is industry and experience-related dependent.

09. Employee benefits


10. Why Rivermate as your Employer of Record / PEO?

Establishing an entity in

Christmas Island

to hire a team takes time, money, and effort. The labor law in

Christmas Island

has strong worker employment protection, requiring great attention to details and a thorough awareness of local best practices. Rivermate makes expanding into

Christmas Island

simple and effortless. We can assist you with hiring your preferred talent, managing HR and payroll, and ensuring compliance with local legislation without the hassle of establishing a foreign branch office or subsidiary. Our PEO and Global Employer of Record solutions in

Christmas Island

give you peace of mind so you can focus on running your business.

Please contact us if you'd like to learn more about how Rivermate can help you hire employees in

Christmas Island

via our Employer of Record / PEO solution.

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