Information about the inquiry

Inquiry into the provisions of the Independent Contractors Bill 2006 and Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Independent Contractors) Bill 2006

Information about the inquiry

The Senate has referred to its Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee an inquiry into provisions of the Independent Contractors Bill 2006 (IC Bill) and the Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Independent Contractors) Bill 2006. The committee is expected to report on 25 August 2006. 

This legislation is intended to allow independent contractors to enter into commercial arrangements outside the framework of workplace relations laws. The Independent Contractors Bill overrides state and territory laws where they are in conflict with this bill, but continues the operation of state laws which protect owner-drivers in the road transport industry in New South Wales and Victoria and outworkers in the clothing and textile industry. The IC Bill also provides for new contract review processes. Amendments to the Workplace Relations Act 1996 are required as a consequence of the IC Bill, and provide for, among other things, penalties for bogus contract arrangements.  

Submissions from interested parties are invited and should be emailed to the Secretary by Friday 21 July 2006. Two days of public hearings are planned for these bills, to be held in Parliament House on 3-4 August 2006. 

When a Bills Digest on this legislation becomes available from the Parliamentary Research Service, a link can be made from this website.

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For further information, contact:

Senate Standing Committees on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3521
Fax: +61 2 6277 5706