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Another BIG win for the ‘little’ person

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

We’re delighted to report that the Vulnerable Workers Bill passed the Senate on the evening of 4 September. This is the new law resulting from the 7-Eleven worker wages fraud scandal exposed by 4 Corners/Fairfax in late 2015.

The Bill passed with only minor amendments, but that kept the integrity of the protective measures in place. Here’s our analysis of the Bill from May. The law will not only protect low-paid workers but will: More...


ATO’s humiliating admission exposes its baseless accusations of fraud

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

On Monday, ICA's Ken Phillips sat in the Federal Court in Sydney with our legal team witnessing an extraordinary event.

We were defending Rod Douglass against the ATO. You’ll remember we’ve been assisting Rod for nearly two years. We’ve explained this before.

Rod had been accused by the ATO of fraud/evasion on the basis that he should have sought ‘professional’ advice before submitting his tax returns even though he followed ATO website information in completing his returns. He had declared all income. Yet the ATO sent Rod a $550,000 tax bill backdated 10 years which meant he would be bankrupt.  More...


So there are no unfair contracts? Look again

Sunday, November 13, 2016

When we first started arguing for unfair contract laws for small business people in 2009 we had discussions with the Federal Attorney-General's Department. They told us that there wasn’t a problem because no-one complained. But we campaigned persistently for seven years until the laws were passed.

The new laws started last Saturday, 12 November 2016. (Hooray!) The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission last week released a report into the 12 months' research they have done on unfair contracts. The ACCC believes that somewhere between 8 and 10 million (yes million) contracts will need to be re-written to comply with the new laws.  More...


Victory for small business fair contracts is an economic game-changer

Friday, November 11, 2016

Tomorrow, Saturday 12 November, the new unfair contract laws for small business people come into effect.

At ICA we can be rightly proud of these laws because we spent seven years arguing for the laws. There’s no question that these laws have happened because of ICA. More...


Some simple facts on superannuation

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

If you're confused about superannuation rules, you’re not on your own! What’s a ‘concessional’ and ‘non-concessional’ contribution? What’s the difference between an ‘accumulation’ and a ‘retirement’ account? Read any commentary and these terms are all over the place. But do ordinary people understand any of this?

To help, we’ve done some basic research and have made an attempt to provide some basic facts about superannuation and the currently proposed changes without any of the complicated language. Read here and see if this helps!! More...


Election 2016: Assessment of the parties’ small business positions

Thursday, June 23, 2016

In all past federal elections Independent Contractors Australia has sought to detail and explain each party’s policy and positions as they affect small business people. We express our conclusions to help people draw their own conclusions.  

In this 2016 election we draw the following conclusions: More...


A small bouquet for the ATO

Thursday, June 02, 2016

We frequently complain about the way the ATO treats small business people.  And we are very pleased that the Parliamentary Inquiry into ATO scrutiny has recommended keeping the scrutiny of the ATO.

But we have seen some improvement. We’ve long been critical of the ATO’s ‘contractor/employee’ decision-making tool. But it’s been reviewed, modified and is now looking pretty reasonable. More...


Keeping an eye on the ATO

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

You may remember the ATO was calling to have scrutiny of its behaviour curtailed and a Parliamentary Inquiry was conducting hearings. We put in a submission saying “no way! The ATO can’t be a law unto itself. It needs to be scrutinized, particularly for small business people.”

Fortunately, good sense has prevailed. Just before the election was called the Parliamentary Committee released its report. The Committee recommended continuing ATO scrutiny. That’s absolutely essential if small business people are to receive some chance of fair treatment from the ATO.  More...


More juice in the truckies’ tank. Compensation. High Court. High Politics

Monday, May 16, 2016

The ‘truckies’ story just seems to keep movin’.

As we revealed the other week, Bill Shorten has vowed to reintroduce the RSRT Act if he wins government.

If Shorten wins and does this, we will re-launch our constitutional challenge. I explained in The Australian how we view the legal issues and why we will remount a challenge.  More...


‘Evil’ anti-owner driver laws formally dead

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The deal is done!!

On 19 April 2016, the Road Safety Remuneration Repeal Act 2016 (Cth) received royal assent. This means that today, 21 April 2016, the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal will cease to operate or perform any functions. This is officially stated on the RSRT website. More...



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