20% of workers in Australia currently have non-compete clauses in their employment contracts. It is Professionals Australia’s view that these restraints, which are intended to protect confidential information and relationships of businesses, are limiting the movement and job opportunities of workers.

The government is currently considering whether a reform is needed on the use of non-compete clauses as well as other frequently used restraints including anti-poaching agreements, non-disclosure agreements and wage-fixing agreements. To assess the impact of these restraints on workers, a Competition Review Taskforce has been set up to seek feedback from workers and employers through a questionnaire.

The results of this questionnaire along with submissions from unions, business and other relevant parties will be used by the government in its consideration as to whether reform is needed.

All employees who currently have restraints in their employment contracts are encouraged to share their experiences by completing the worker questionnaire before 31st May.

Survey here