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Small business Independent contractors

How do I know if I am an independent contractor? | Independent contractors

You will need to determine whether you are classified as an independent contractor before entering a contract. Your status will affect your rights and obligations with your employer or the business you contract with.

What are my entitlements? | Independent contractors

Independent contractors and hirers should be aware of their entitlements and obligations regarding superannuation, leave and redundancy, OH&S, and workers compensation insurance.

What are my taxation obligations? | Independent contractors

There are special tax rules for independent contractors to ensure that you do not use business structures to avoid your income tax obligations.

How is my intellectual property affected? | Independent contractors

IP created by an independent contractor is by law considered the property of the independent contractor, unless otherwise stated in the contract.

Independent contractors & the common law | Independent contractors

The Independent Contractors Act 2006 relies on the common law meaning of independent contractor. The common law is a set of legal principles, which have been developed through decisions in the courts.

Unfair contracts and sham contracts | Independent contractors

Under the Independent Contractors Act 2006, an unfair contract is one where a person performs work on terms that are 'unfair' or 'harsh'.

Independent contractors: the essential handbook (audio)

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