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What’s been happening in the construction sector for the self-employed?

Thursday, December 27, 2018

The construction sector has high numbers of self-employed, independent contractors, but it’s an area that has always attracted significant controversy.

While the industry is in holiday shutdown we thought subbies (in between watching cricket, fishin’ and so on) might have a minute or two to catch up on new enforcement processes important to their businesses.

Get paid on time:
The construction regulator has new teeth ensuring that you can be paid on time.

Contractors must pay subbies on time or the contractor can be denied access to government construction work.

If you are not being paid on time, you can seek assistance from the regulator. Contact them here. In the last half of 2018, the regulator handled 138 reports of late payments.

Labour Hire pay rates and entitlements
There’s a big push to ensure that labour hire firms in the construction sector are paying correctly. Check here.

Don’t tolerate being underpaid.

Don’t put up with unsafe work practices
Safety has to be the highest priority. There are specialist reporting avenues for reporting unsafe practices in construction.

A key thing with being self-employed is that you are responsible for your actions. But this doesn’t mean that you are on your own or should be vulnerable. Fortunately, there are now effective regulators to whom you can go for assistance.
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