Independent contractors

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.

Contracts made simple

Last updated: June 2012

Helps independent contractors save time and money by explaining how to minimise business risks and negotiate good contracts.

The essential handbook

Last updated: June 2012

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.

Preventing and managing disputes

Last updated: June 2012

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.

Independent contractors decision tool

Last updated: June 2014

This 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.

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