Potential extension of Minimum Wage to Some Contractors

Posted by Madeleine on 9 November 2015

The Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment Bill has been referred to the select committee for consideration. This is definitely one to watch. It is a private members Bill so that means it may not necessarily become law, however it has made it through the first steps.

The purpose of the Bill is to extend the Minimum Wage Act 1983 to require certain contractors to be paid not less than the minimum rate (being an amount equivalent to the minimum wage). It would cover individuals and companies (which are on-person businessess) who provide the following services:

- Building and construction services;

- Cleaning services;

- Courier services;

- Food catering services;

- Fast-food delivery services;

- Newspapers or pamphlet delievry services to letterboxes;

- Personal home-care support to an individual in their home;

- Public entertainment services as an actor, musician or singer;

- Manufacture of claothing, footwear, or textiles;

- Telemarketing services;

- Market research services;

- Licensed security guard services;

- Certain services in the forestry industry;

- Truck-driving services delivering goods

We will keep you up to date with developments with regards to the Bill.