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Hysterical reaction to Uber (gig) drivers not being employees. ATO wake-up call

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Earlier this month the Fair Work Ombudsman released a statement that, after a two-year investigation, it has concluded that drivers working through Uber are not employees. The TWU described the decision as ‘…devastating for workers in the gig economy’. We disagree...... More


Goodness. Shock! We’re praising the ATO. That’s not like us!!!

Monday, June 3, 2019

It probably had to happen at some stage! For all the criticism we direct at the ATO (all warranted) there had to come a time when we could direct some praise! In this instance it's our first-hand experience of the ATO's new Independent Review process for small business disputes..... More


Our role in the election campaign. Independence and aspiration

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Last Saturday’s (18 May) surprise election outcome has triggered a tsunami of commentary about what went wrong for Shorten’s Labor and what went right for Morrison’s Coalition. In this post, we present our take on the election was well as details of our social media and website campaigning... More


ATO exposed again! Systemic mistreatment of small business people

Monday, April 29, 2019

It doesn’t seem to stop. The ATO continues to deny that it does anything wrong, but official reviews and reports keep slamming the ATO. This time it’s the Small Business Ombudsman reporting on the ATO’s enforcing debt even while the debt is being challenged in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. The report finds that the ATO does this on 12 per cent of occasions... More

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Defend the right to be self-employed

Public sector bureaucracies along with unions are wanting to close down the right to be self-employed. We have seen these attacks before such as:

  • Contractors are ‘dependent’.
  • Sham contracting is rife.

See our responses on these arguments in 2011.  See our success at the International Labour Organisation in 2006.

And now the new attack is against the ‘gig economy’. We have new campaigns on our hands!


National Bricklayers Australia

National Bricklayers Australia is a division of Self-Employed Australia formed to assist bricklayers in the operation of their businesses. Our aims are to provide bricklayers support with:
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For more information, contact Jason Mills
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Email: info@abric.com.au
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Is your contract fair?

SEA can rightly claim huge success in achieving Unfair Contract protections for small business people. New protective legislation came into effect in November 2016—a world's first for self-employed people. Resources for checking your own contract are here.

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