Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in

Heard Island and McDonald Islands

Rivermate offers complete payroll, benefits and compliance services for

Heard Island and McDonald Islands

01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

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02. Grow your team in

Heard Island and McDonald Islands

with Rivermate

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

Heard Island and McDonald Islands

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

Heard Island and McDonald 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 Heard Island and McDonald Islands is an Australian overseas territory that consists of a volcanic group of largely barren Antarctic islands located about two-thirds of the way between Madagascar and Antarctica. The group has a total area of 372 km2 and a coastline of 101.9 km. The islands, which were discovered in the mid-nineteenth century and host Australia's two active volcanoes, have been an Australian territory since 1947. Mawson Peak, the highest mountain on the Australian mainland, is one of them. The islands are located in the Indian Ocean on the Kerguelen Plateau. The islands are located 4,099 kilometers southwest of Perth, 3,845 kilometers southwest of Cape Leeuwin, Australia, 4,200 kilometers southeast of South Africa, 3,830 kilometers southeast of Madagascar, 1,630 kilometers north of Antarctica, and 450 kilometers southeast of the Kerguelen Islands. Currently, the islands are uninhabited.

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


09. Employee benefits


There are two health-care systems: public and private. Employees with taxable earnings over a certain indexed level contribute 2 percent of their taxable income into Medicare, the national healthcare system.

Individuals may also acquire private health insurance for things that are not covered by the mandatory Medicare system, such as auxiliary health services (e.g., dental, optical, etc.) and private hospital accommodation.

Individuals who opt not to purchase private insurance and have an annual taxable income over a certain level are subject to a 1-percent Medicare fee.

Due to the comparatively high fringe benefits tax, many companies in the islands offer an allowance to workers rather than buying health insurance policies on their own.

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

Establishing an entity in

Heard Island and McDonald Islands

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

Heard Island and McDonald Islands

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

Heard Island and McDonald 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

Heard Island and McDonald 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

Heard Island and McDonald Islands

via our Employer of Record / PEO solution.

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