Legal: Work Arrangements: employee, independent contractor or volunteer?



Every day work is carried out for Australian employers by a workforce comprised of three notable categories: employees, independent contractors and volunteers.

Although employees continue to represent the largest of these categories, recent estimates suggest that a substantial proportion of the workforce are engaged other than as employees. For instance, independent contracting has been estimated at over 9% of the workforce, and there appears to be an increased incidence of voluntary work extending beyond the sectors in which it has been traditionally performed.

Each of these categories has its own unique characteristics, defining qualities and legal consequences. This means that there are important considerations for business to take into account to inform decisions about which form of engagement is suitable for the particular work.  This informative presentation will assist business with those decisions.


Who should attend

Business owners, HR managers, senior executives responsible for recruitment, senior managers.


Learn about

  • The essential nature of the employment relationship
  • Notable differences between employment and independent contracting
  • Critical considerations in the approach to independent contracting
  • The essential nature of voluntary work, and how it is different from employment
  • Fixed term, maximum term and seasonal employment
  • Interaction of the minimum employment standards
  • Practical tips and recommendations including written arrangements

Learning Outcomes

On completion, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the essential nature of the employment relationship, independent contracting and voluntary work arrangements
  • Appreciate critical considerations which should inform the decisions about engagement
  • Appreciate the importance of clearly expressed written arrangements
  • Identify sources of risk and problem areas



A Certificate of Attendance will be issued at the completion of the workshop.


Duration & Venue

Duration:   Half Day: 9.00am - 11.30am
Venue:       AFEI, Level 2, 97-99 Bathurst Street, Sydney  NSW  2000


Fee (GST Free)

Member Fee:        AUD $290
Non Member Fee:  AUD $350


Other Details

Fee includes morning tea and course material.

To register
download and complete a Registration Form and forward to or Fax:  02 9264 5699.


Course ID Date(s)

1778/0816 August 2017

Price: $350.00