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Independent Contractors Bill 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

Independent Contractors Act 2006

 

No. 162, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

An Act relating to independent contractors, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                                1

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

2............ Commencement.................................................................................. 2

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............................................................................... 12

16.......... Orders that Court may make............................................................ 13

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

Part 5—Transitional provisions                                                                                     15

Division 1—State and Territory laws other than unfair contracts laws   15

31.......... Definitions........................................................................................ 15

32.......... Continuation contracts and related continuation contracts.............. 16

33.......... Reform opt-in agreement.................................................................. 17

34.......... Prohibited conduct in relation to reform opt-in agreements............. 18

35.......... Continued application of the State or Territory contractor laws to certain services contracts               19

36.......... How section 35 applies if there is a transfer of business................. 21

37.......... Application of the State or Territory contractor laws in relation to pre-reform commencement matters not affected by exclusion provisions......................................................................... 23

Division 2—Unfair contracts laws                                                                         24

38.......... Definition.......................................................................................... 24

39.......... New applications relating to unfair contracts................................... 24

40.......... Applications under the Workplace Relations Act 1996 in progress at the reform commencement         24

41.......... Applications under an excluded State or Territory law in progress at the reform commencement         24

Part 6—Regulations                                                                                                             26

42.......... Regulations may make provision for transitional matters................ 26

43.......... Power to make regulations................................................................ 26

 



 

 

Independent Contractors Act 2006

No. 162, 2006

 

 

 

An Act relating to independent contractors, and for related purposes

[ Assented to 11 December 2006 ]

The Parliament of Australia enacts:



 

 [ Minister’s second reading speech made in—

House of Representatives on 22 June 2006

Senate on 13 September 2006 ]

(101/06)