How much notice do I need to give when dismissing an employee?

I thought it was 4 weeks notice? Same as if an employee were to resign after the intial probation period?

I read in the Fair Work handbook otherwise. It says that if an employee has been with the company for less than a year, it's only 1 week notice. Between 1-3 years, 2 weeks notice. Between 3-5 years, 3 weeks notice and more than 5 years employment, 4 weeks notice. 

Can someone validate this? 

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Nathalie Lynton

Nathalie Lynton Director at

Top 10% Recruitment

Hi Yee,

There is a scale yes depending on their length of service.  Plus depending on their age they may also be entitled to and an extra week.

It may also depend on if they have an award, what the employment contract says, if they have enterprise agreement or other registered agreement.

As your question relates to a legislative matter I would suggest you use the notice calculator on the Fair Work site.

You can also call the Fair Work helpline on 13 13 94.

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