FUTURE OF WORK INQUIRY INTO THE GIG ECONOMY

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The Legislative Council Select Committee is inquiring into the 'Future of Work' of NSW in particular the gig economy. 

We heard from a range of witnesses including the Unions, Restaurant and Catering Industry Association, Hungry Panda as well as a number of other witnesses. 

The Terms of Reference for the Committee are as follows: 

That a select committee be established to inquire into and report on the impact of technological and other change on the future of work and workers in New South Wales, with particular reference
to:

(a) changes in the earnings, job security, employment status and working patterns of people in
New South Wales,

(b) the extent, nature and impact on both the New South Wales labour market and New South
Wales economy of:

(i) the 'on-demand' or 'gig-economy',

(ii) the automation of work,

(iii) the different impact of (i) and (ii) on regional New South Wales,

(iv) the wider effects of (i) and (ii) on equality, government and society,

(c) the impact of the 'on-demand' or 'gig economy' and the automation of work on long-term productivity growth, economic growth, as well as the overall attractiveness of New South Wales as an investment destination for the advanced technological sector,

(d) the effectiveness of Commonwealth and New South Wales laws in promoting fair competition and preventing monopolies and other anti-competitive behaviour in the 'ondemand' or 'gig-economy',

(e) the adequacy of the New South Wales skills and education system in helping people adjust to the changing nature of work,

(f) the impact of the 'on-demand' or 'gig economy' and the automation of work on:

(i) accident compensation schemes, payroll or similar taxes,

(ii) Commonwealth taxes which support New South Wales Government expenditures,

(g) the application of workplace laws and instruments to people working in the 'on-demand' or 'gig-economy', including but not limited to:

(i) the legal or work status of persons working for, or with, businesses using online platforms,

(ii) the application of Commonwealth and New South Wales workplace laws and instruments to those persons, including, superannuation and health and safety laws,

(iii) whether contracting or other arrangements are being used to avoid the application of workplace laws and other statutory obligations,

(iv) the effectiveness of the enforcement of those laws and regulations,

(v) regulatory systems in other Australian jurisdictions and in other countries, including how other jurisdictions regulate the on-demand workforce and are adapting to the
automation of work,

(vi) Australia’s obligations under international law, including International Labour Organization conventions,

(h) whether current laws and workplace protections are fit for purpose in the 21st century, including workplace surveillance laws and provisions dealing with workplace change
obligations and consequences,

(i) whether workers should have agency over the way the data they generate at work is used and, if so, what legal framework is required to provide this,

(j) how employers and other businesses should manage and use the information generated by the workforce,

(k) how government as a best practice employer should manage and use the information
generated by its workforce,

(l) whether, and what, legislative or other measures should be taken to:

(i) reform workplace laws and instruments to account for the emergence of the 'on demand' or 'gig economy' and the automation of work,

(ii) reform the skills and education systems to help people adjust to the changing nature
of work,

(iii) reform taxation laws to promote economic growth and protect public finances,

(iv) reform competition laws to promote fair competition and prevent monopolies in the on-demand or gig-economy,

(v) reform accident compensation schemes and other social insurance schemes to account for the emergence of the 'on-demand' or 'gig economy' and the automation of work,
and

(m) any other related matter.

For further information on this Committee, please visit the Parliaments website here.