The Government is focusing on employers and sham contractors.
In the budget for 2019-2020, $9.2 Million will be provided over
4 years to establish a dedicated sham contracting unit within the
Fair Work Ombudsman's jurisdiction.
This unit is investigating sham contracting behaviour by those who
knowingly or recklessly misrepresent employment relationships as
independent contractors to avoid statutory obligation and
The unit will address sham contracting by increasing education,
compliance and enforcement activities, dedicating additional
resources to not only investigate, but also to take cases to Court.
The establishment of this unit is a further indication of the
Government's desire to arrest sham contractors to ensure employers
meet their legal and taxation obligations.
Employers, if the 'Contractor' derives most of their income from one
source, you will be a target.