Sharing economy

The sharing economy connects workers to consumers through mobile apps or websites. Other names for the sharing economy include the platform economy or gig economy.

Common sharing economy services in Australia include:

  • ‘ride sharing’ services for a fare (Uber, SheSafe, Shebah, GoCatch, Ola and Taxify)
  • delivery services for a fee (Deliveroo, UberEats, Zoom2u and Sendle)
  • personal services, including creative or professional services like graphic design and creating websites, or odd jobs like furniture assembly (Airtasker, Expert360, Freelancer, UpWork, Sidekicker, Helping, Hipages, Mad Paws, Mynder and Wipehero).

Find out more about the sharing economy and tax on the ATO website.

If you are a worker in the sharing economy, you may be engaged as a contractor rather than an employee. If so, the contractor information on this website is relevant to you.

If you aren't sure if you are an employee or contractor, you can use our online Independent contractors decision tool.

Unlike employees who work in someone else’s business, contractors run their own business. Contractors have different workplace rights and protections to employees. They also have different responsibilities.

That is why it is important to understand the differences between contractors and employees.

Contractors working in the sharing economy should know about legal rights and responsibilities including:

  • Workplace rights and protections
  • Workplace safety
  • Insurance
  • Superannuation
  • Taxation
  • Licensing.

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