$15m campaign to back new independent contractors system


$15m campaign to back new independent contractors system

The Federal Government is to spend $15 million over four years on an independent contractors education and enforcement campaign.


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The Federal Government is to spend $15 million over four years on an independent contractors education and enforcement campaign.

Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews said that in addition to an education campaign, existing compliance and enforcement roles will be enhanced to deal with increased requests for assistance, and to investigate and enforce penalties for ‘sham’ arrangements under the Independent Contractors Bill.

‘Sham’ arrangements are where genuine employees are being incorrectly treated as independent contractors. This role will be undertaken by the Office for Workplace Services.

‘The growth of independent contracting and labour hire employment in the last 15 years indicates that it has become a preferred work arrangement for many Australians,’ Andrews said.

‘Currently more than 10% of the workforce, or 1.4 million Australians identify themselves as independent contractors across a wide range of industries.’

The Bill

The Independent Contractors Bill will to be introduced in the current Parliamentary session.

It will, for the first time at the federal level, protect the freedom of contractors to bargain with their principals and prevent the workplace relations system being used to undermine the status of independent contractors.

WorkChoices - Employer Advisor Program

Every employer needs to know how WorkChoices affects their business now, and in the future.

Australian Business Limited incorporating State Chamber (NSW) and the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) present a free educational seminar to help you understand how WorkChoices affects you, your business, and your employees.

Do you know

  • If you and your employees are covered by WorkChoices?
  • What that means for you and your employees?
  • How awards affect your business now?
  • How to use the new agreement making arrangements under WorkChoices?
  • What records you must now keep and for how long?
  • How the new unfair dismissal laws work and if they apply in your business?
  • The difference between an unfair and unlawful dismissal and why the difference is important?
  • What minimum conditions you have to provide your employees and how conditions will be changed in the future?

This event provides employers the opportunity to benefit from face to face interaction with ABL State Chambers WorkChoices experts. See their website fro more information and registration details.


Date Time Code
Campbelltown 30 May 2006 7.30am - 10.00am DEWR001
Eastwood 30 May 2006 12.00pm - 2.30pm DEWR002
Parramatta 30 May 2006 5.30pm - 8.00pm DEWR003
Sydney CBD 31 May 2006 7.30am - 10.00am DEWR004
Alexandria 1 June 2006 6.00pm - 8.30pm DEWR005
Sutherland 2 June 2006 7.15am - 9.45am DEWR006


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