What are my entitlements as an independent contractor?
Some independent contractors are entitled to superannuation. If you aren't covered by employee contributions, you may choose to arrange your own super contributions.
Leave and redundancy
Unlike employees, independent contractors are not entitled to conditions such as annual leave, sick leave and redundancy entitlements unless these are specified in the contract. You will also need to negotiate your fees with your hirer.
Workplace health and safety (WHS) laws
As an independent contractor, you are entitled to a safe and healthy workplace and are required to comply with the duties set out in the Workplace Health & Safety Act for your state or territory. Read more about workplace health and safety.
Workers compensation insurance
As an independent contractor, you may not be entitled to compensation unless you have arranged your own accident protection insurance. Read more information about Insurance and the different types available.
What to do...
- Find out your hirer's superannuation obligations on the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website.
- Download the Independent Contractors: the essential handbook.
- Visit our superannuation page for more information about your super obligations.
- See the Independent contractors page on the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science website.