Contractors, sometimes referred to as independent contractors, subcontractors or subcontractors – generally use their own procedures, tools and methods to complete the work. They usually negotiate their own fees and work agreements and can work for more than one client at the same time. The employer has the right to suspend or dismiss the employee. Just because someone is hired for a few hours or days in a row doesn`t mean they`re automatically the holder. Staff and contractors can be recruited for: the work does not involve a profession, professional activity or a separate vocation of the worker. Workers do work for others or have a real right to do so. For more information on the differences between staff and independent contractors, see the fact sheet on independent contractors and independent employees. To help you decide if you are an employee or an independent contractor, you can visit business.gov.au – entrepreneurs or seek independent legal advice. Independent contractors have different obligations and rights to staff because they run their own businesses. This means that it is important to understand the difference between the two. A priest who, with considerable pastoral work for the parish organization of the interviewees under his direction and control, received regular income and received other benefits, was considered an employee.
In Hollis/Vabu Pty Ltd, it was found that « the distinction between a worker and an independent contractor is essentially based on the difference between a person who serves his employer in his business, his employer, and a person who carries out his own activity or business. »  Just because contractual agreements are common in an industry does not necessarily mean that a particular person should be treated as a contractor. The Independent Contractors Act 2006 allows independent contractors to ask a court to review a contract on the grounds that it is « unfair » or « hard. » The court may consider: « In simple terms, the question of whether a person is an independent contractor with respect to the performance of certain work may be asked and answered as follows: contractors run their own business and sell their services to others, unlike workers who work in another`s company. If the answer to this question is yes, the person performing this particular job is probably an independent contractor. If not, the person is probably an employee. All Australian workers have the right to a safe and healthy job. This means that employers – including independent contractors – must comply with the health and safety laws of the state or territory in the workplace. The employer can determine which work can be delegated to whom or under contract.