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Businesses sought for input into gig economy reforms

Adrian Flores
Adrian Flores
16 September 2020 1 minute readShare
Businesses sought for input into gig economy reforms

The Victorian government has called on small businesses to provide input into reforms to the gig economy as more are relying on online platforms to increase sales.

The consultation comes following a government inquiry into the on-demand workforce after widespread concern over the wages and conditions offered to workers in the gig economy.

The subsequent report released in June 2020 found that many workers had an uncertain work status, something the Victorian government noted can have consequences when it comes to superannuation and workers compensation.

Further, it found that the advice about work status was often limited and fragmented.

In May, the Victorian Small Business Commission began offering help in resolving disputes to gig economy small-business couriers working under contracts with Uber Eats, Deliveroo and other online ordering and delivery platforms.

The report noted that current uncertainty around work status causes significant costs for individuals, businesses and regulators.

As a result, it recommended that any future reforms should consider the cost to business, especially for emerging businesses.

Further, the report recommended the federal government to take the lead in making reforms due to it being best placed to deliver fairness and certainty for workers and businesses.

It said reforms confined to a single state risk creating yet more complexity and inconsistency and could impose an unnecessary regulatory burden on businesses.

However, in the absence of federal involvement, the report recommended that the Victorian government should collaborate and consult with stakeholders and other willing states.

“This is an opportunity for on-demand workers, business owners and the wider public to have their say over the future of the gig economy,” said Victorian Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations Tim Pallas.

Businesses have until 13 October to lodge a submission.

Businesses sought for input into gig economy reforms
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Adrian Flores
Adrian Flores

Adrian Flores is the deputy editor of MyBusiness. Before that, he was the deputy editor for SMSF Adviser as well as features editor for ifa (Independent Financial Adviser), InvestorDaily, Risk Adviser, Fintech Business and Adviser Innovation.

You can email Adrian at [email protected].

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