Sample Resignation Letter - Notice Period Not Known
(A Youth Central Sample Resignation Letter)
Use this sample resignation letter if you aren't sure how much notice you need to give.
Keep your resignation letter short and to the point. Use formal language and try your best to be
If you don't have an employment contract, or your notice period isn't specified in your
employment contract, you need to work out how much notice to give your employer. The best
way to do this is to give notice equal to your pay period. If you’re paid monthly, you should give
four weeks’ notice. If you're paid fortnightly, you should give two weeks' notice.
You could also contact the Federal Government's Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94, or Job
Watch on 9662 1933 (Melbourne) or 1800 331 617 (non-Metro), to ask for advice on how much
notice to give.
Whatever amount of notice you give, you must state this in your resignation letter and hand the
letter in with enough time to make your last day equal to the period of notice you gave. For
example, if you give three weeks' notice, you have to hand in your resignation three weeks
before your last day of work.
NOTE: It’s important to get the dates right in your resignation letter. If any dispute arises over
the timing of your resignation you’ll have this letter as proof that you gave the right amount of
Make sure you keep a copy of your resignation letter. That way you'll have proof of the date
you submitted it, and proof of the day that will be your last day at work.
Your resignation letter should include:
• A statement that says you are going to resign
• The date of your last day of work at the organisation (based on the notice you are
• A short explanation of why you are leaving
• A short, polite thank you at the end of the letter
Other things your resignation letter could include are:
• Something positive about your experience in the job (e.g., the opportunity to gain
experience or develop your skills)
• An offer to help make your resignation easier for the organisation (e.g., an offer to
train somebody else to do your job)
Check out Youth Central's Jobs & Careers pages for more tips and advice about your rights at
work, how to find and apply for a job, and more.