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Changing employees' jobs

Last updated May 2024

This chapter explains how you can lawfully implement changes to an employee’s job and how to respond if an employee refuses to accept a change.

When can you change an employee’s job?

You can change the key elements of an employee’s job if it is permitted in the employee’s:

  • employment contract;
  • modern award; or
  • enterprise agreement.

The key elements of a job may be found in several different documents, including:

  • job advertisements;
  • job descriptions;
  • an employment contract;
  • internal organisational charts;
  • human resources policies;
  • performance appraisal documents; and/or
  • a modern award or enterprise agreement (if applicable).