Independent contractors run their own business, hiring out their services to other organisations.
Unlike employees, independent contractors negotiate their own fees and working arrangements, and can work for a variety of clients at one time. If you have specific expertise, independent contracting can be an ideal way of capitalising on your knowledge.
As an independent contractor, your entitlements and obligations differ from an employee in many ways. Save time and money by being aware of your rights and responsibilities before contracting.
Tools & resources
- Independent Contractors: contracts made simple (PDF, 2.37MB) - Updated June 2012
- Independent Contractors: contracts made simple (Word, 0.33MB)
Helps independent contractors save time and money by explaining how to minimise business risks and negotiate good contracts.
- Independent Contractors: the essential handbook (PDF, 1.55MB) - Updated June 2012
- Independent Contractors: the essential handbook (Word, 0.25MB)
Tells independent contractors and their hirers all they need to know about independent contracting. Includes tax, super, insurance, workers compensation, negotiating contracts and much more. Download an audio recording of the handbook.
- Independent Contractors: preventing and managing disputes (PDF, 2.33MB)
- Independent Contractors: preventing and managing disputes (Word, 0.49MB)
Helps independent contractors and their hirers in preventing and managing disputes. It gives practical guidance, tools and useful contacts to assist in dealing with business disputes.
- The Contractor decision tool
Gives an insight into whether someone is likely to be an independent contractor or an employee under common law. It takes just a few minutes to complete.
These documents are not completely accessible. We are working to produce these documents in accessible format over the coming months. For more information, see our Accessibility page.
The Fair Work Ombudsman’s website has a range of information about independent contractors , including more information about telling the difference between contractors and employees .
The pages below will answer your questions on independent contracting: