Welcome to the Professionals Australia Contractors and Consultants group. Registration is free as part of your Professionals Australia membership. Professionals Australia recognises, as acknowledged by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), that independent contractors are governed by commercial law, while employees are governed by industrial law. We recognise independent contractors’ freedom to operate in the manner they choose where genuine choices exist. We recognise independent contracting as a wholly legitimate form of engagement where fair contract terms are in place, and the right of business to engage contractors to meet workflow peaks, overcome skills gaps and provide a level flexibility in their labour force where a permanent workforce is unavailable for this purpose. We also concur with the ILO that noted that while genuine commercial and independent contracting arrangements should not be interfered with, there is a need for mechanisms to ensure that persons within disguised employment relationships have access to the protections they are due at the national level.
In line with our contemporary approach to representing the diverse interests of our membership, supporting workplace flexibility and acknowledging the legitimacy of alternative forms of engagement, Professionals Australia provides a range of services and information to support independent contractors. These include advice on business startup, contract review by a lawyer, access to discounted Professional Indemnity insurance, advice on professional liability, a range of pro-forma contracts for service, advice on working through a labour hire agency, advice on the pros and cons of working through various business structures, information on the PSI rules and case law updates on the distinction between employees and contractors.