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Independent Contractors Bill 2006

2004-2005-2006

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Independent Contractors Bill 2006

 

No.      , 2006

 

(Employment and Workplace Relations)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act relating to independent contractors, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Objects of this Act.............................................................................. 2

4............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 3

5............ Services contract................................................................................. 4

Part 2—Exclusion of certain State and Territory laws                                    6

6............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 6

7............ Exclusion of certain State and Territory laws...................................... 6

8............ What are workplace relations matters.................................................. 7

9............ What is an unfairness ground.............................................................. 9

10.......... Regulations may specify laws that are intended to be excluded........... 9

Part 3—Unfair contracts                                                                                                  10

11.......... Application of Part............................................................................ 10

12.......... Court may review services contract................................................... 10

13.......... Limitation on applications for review of services contracts—prescribed circumstances           11

14.......... Limitation on applications for review of services contracts—other proceedings in progress    11

15.......... Powers of Court................................................................................ 11

16.......... Orders that Court may make............................................................. 12

17.......... Costs only where proceeding instituted vexatiously.......................... 13

Part 4—Contract outworkers in the textile, clothing and footwear industry         15

Division 1—Preliminary                                                                                            15

18.......... Object of Part.................................................................................... 15

19.......... Definitions........................................................................................ 15

Division 2—Protection of contract outworkers in the textile, clothing and footwear industry                 17

20.......... Minimum rate of pay......................................................................... 17

21.......... State or Territory minimum rates of pay............................................ 18

Division 3—Enforcement and compliance                                                       19

Subdivision A—Workplace inspectors                                                                19

22.......... Powers of workplace inspectors....................................................... 19

Subdivision B—Penalties                                                                                        21

23.......... Imposition and recovery of penalties................................................. 21

24.......... Recovery of amounts of pay............................................................. 22

25.......... Interest up to judgment...................................................................... 23

26.......... Interest on judgment.......................................................................... 23

27.......... Plaintiffs may choose small claims procedure in magistrates courts.. 24

28.......... Enforcement of penalties etc.............................................................. 25

29.......... General provisions............................................................................ 26

Division 4—Record-keeping                                                                                    27

30.......... Records relating to services contracts with contract outworkers....... 27

Part 5—Transitional provisions                                                                                   28

Division 1—State and Territory laws other than unfair contracts laws                28

31.......... Definitions........................................................................................ 28

32.......... Continuation contracts and related continuation contracts................. 29

33.......... Reform opt-in agreement................................................................... 30

34.......... Prohibited conduct in relation to reform opt-in agreements............... 31

35.......... Continued application of the State or Territory contractor laws to certain services contracts    32

36.......... How section 35 applies if there is a transfer of business................... 34

37.......... Application of the State or Territory contractor laws in relation to pre-reform commencement matters not affected by exclusion provisions......................................................................... 36

Division 2—Unfair contracts laws                                                                        37

38.......... Definition.......................................................................................... 37

39.......... New applications relating to unfair contracts..................................... 37

40.......... Applications under the Workplace Relations Act 1996 in progress at the reform commencement            37

41.......... Applications under an excluded State or Territory law in progress at the reform commencement            37

Part 6—Regulations                                                                                                             39

42.......... Regulations may make provision for transitional matters.................. 39

43.......... Power to make regulations................................................................ 39

 



A Bill for an Act relating to independent contractors, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts: