Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Rivermate offers complete payroll, benefits and compliance services for

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

Australian Dollar
West Island
Ease of doing business
GDP growth

02. Grow your team in

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

with Rivermate

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

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

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

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

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

The Territory of the Cocos Islands is an Australian overseas territory in the Indian Ocean that consists of a small archipelago located roughly halfway between Australia and Sri Lanka and close to the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The territory's dual name reflects the fact that the islands have been known as the Cocos Islands or the Keeling Islands in the past. The territory is made up of two atolls made up of 27 coral islands, only two of which are inhabited – West Island and Home Island. The Cocos Malays, who mostly practice Sunni Islam and speak a dialect of Malay as their first language, make up the majority of the population of about 600 people. As an Australian external territory, the territory is governed by the Australian federal government's Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, and it is part of the Australian Indian Ocean Territories administrative grouping with Christmas Island. The islanders do, however, have some self-government through the shire council. The state of Western Australia provides many public services, including health, education, and policing, and Western Australian law applies unless the federal government has decided otherwise. Western Australian postcodes are still used in the territory. The islands were discovered by British sea captain William Keeling in 1609, but settlement did not begin until the early nineteenth century. John Clunies-Ross, a Scottish trader, was one of the island's first settlers; many of the island's current residents are descended from the Malay workers he brought in to work his copra plantation. For nearly 150 years, the Clunies-Ross family ruled the islands as a private fiefdom, with the family's head serving as resident magistrate. In 1857, the British conquered the islands, and they were ruled from either Ceylon or Singapore for the next century. Although the territory was sold to Australia in 1955, the Clunies-Ross family retained nearly all of the island's real estate until 1979.

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


The minimum monthly wage ranges from USD 17.19 to USD 1101.59, depending on the employee's skill set and level of education.

09. Employee benefits


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

Establishing an entity in

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

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

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

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

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

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

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

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

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

via our Employer of Record / PEO solution.

Ready to get started? Our friendly staff is ready to assist you with all your questions, let's connect.