Eligibility & Participation
Who can participate in Shareplus
All permanent employees of BHP, either full or part time, as at 1 March 2022 (or 1 September 2022 for October enrolments) are eligible to participate in Shareplus
Is there a minimum length of service required to participate in Shareplus?
No, but you need to be an employee as at 1 March 2022 (or 1 September 2022 for October enrolments) to be eligible to enrol during the April 2022 enrolment period.
What if I join the Group after 1 March 2022?
You will not be eligible to enrol during April 2022 and you will need to wait for the next enrolment period.
I am on a fixed-term contract, can I participate in Shareplus?
Yes, if you are on a fixed-term employment contract and employed directly with BHP. If you leave BHP due to the natural expiration of your contract on or before 6 April 2025, any rights to Matched Shares will be forfeited, however, you will not lose your Acquired Shares. The same treatment applies to permanent employees who resign (described further in the Leaving section of this Q&A), as it is intended that only participants who remain employed with BHP at the end of the Holding Period should be entitled to receive Matched Shares.
Can I participate while I am on temporary leave (e.g. paid parental leave, sick leave, long-service leave)?
You will be able to continue to participate if you are on paid leave or unpaid parental leave. Please refer to the Temporary leave section of this Q&A for further information.
Can I participate while I am on unpaid leave (e.g. sabbatical)?
Generally speaking, you must receive a salary to make contributions to Shareplus. Unless you are on unpaid parental leave, your participation in Shareplus will be suspended for any periods when you do not receive a salary. Please refer to the Temporary leave section of this Q&A for further information. If you complete a Cease Contributions Form at any stage in the Plan Year you will not be able to contribute again until the next enrolment period.
Can members of my family take part in, or contribute to, Shareplus?
Family members who are not BHP employees will not be able to participate.