First interim report: on-demand platform work in Australia

June 2021

© Commonwealth of Australia 2021
ISBN: 978-1-76093-243-5

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List of Recommendations

Chapter 1—Introduction

  What is on-demand platform work?
  The need for an interim report
  Issues
  Moves towards reform at the state and territory level
  Conduct of the inquiry to date
  Structure of the interim report
  Acknowledgements

Chapter 2—On-demand platform work in Australia

  Introduction
  Model categorisation
  Prevalence in Australia and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
  Future growth
  Industries and occupations most affected
  Demographics
  Earnings
  Committee view

Chapter 3—Major platforms, workforce models and earnings

  Overview of platform-based rideshare services
  A survey of rideshare platforms
  Overview of platform-based food delivery services
  A survey of food delivery platforms
  Overview of platform-based parcel delivery services
  Overview of platform-based disability care and aged care services
  A survey of disability and aged care platforms
  Concluding comments

Chapter 4—The impacts of on-demand platform work

  Pros and cons for workers and businesses
  Committee view
  Committee view
  Industry or sector–specific impacts
  Impacts on individuals, families and communities
  Broader Economic Impacts
  Committee view

Chapter 5—The current regulatory regime

  Existing IR regulation and platform work
  Existing contractor and small business regulation and platform work
  Regulations applying to platform NDIS workers
  Existing work health and safety regulation and workers' compensation
  Proposals for reform
  Committee view

Chapter 6—Options for regulatory reform

  Options considered by the committee
  Committee view
  Committee view
  Government procurement and platform work
  Committee view

Dissenting Report by Liberal and National Senators

Appendix 1—Submissions and additional information

Appendix 2—Public Hearings

Appendix 3—Selected developments in other jurisdictions

  California
  New York
  Seattle
  The Netherlands
  The United Kingdom
  Canada
  France
  European Union gig economy consultation
  India

Appendix 4—Worldwide judicial decisions on gig work

  Digest of judicial decisions

Committee Secretariat contact:

Select Committee on Job Security
Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: 02 6277 3472
jobsecurity.sen@aph.gov.au