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Government delivers on independent contractors election commitment.
Hon Kevin Andrews MP
Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service 05 December, 2006
Government Delivers On Independent Contractors Election Commitment
The Independent Contractors Bill 2006 and the Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Independent
Contractors) Bill 2006 have now been passed by the Parliament.
This legislation delivers on the Coalition Government’s key commitment at the 2004 election to protect the
rights of independent contractors and allow them to choose the form of working arrangements that best suits
their particular needs.
Australia deserves a system that responds to the needs of individuals including those who have made the
deliberate choice to become an independent contractor and their families. This legislation makes that system a
Other amendments have also been passed which will improve the operation of the Workplace Relations Act.
These reforms will generally come into effect on Royal Assent, however, some of them will have retrospective
Independent Contractor Reforms
The Independent Contractors Bill will: