Employers and employees need flexibility with forms of employment, not more restrictions. Many employees do not wish to work on a permanent basis. The constant calls by unions
and others for more restrictions to be placed on casual employment, labour hire, fixed term employment and gig/platform work need to be rejected.
The casual employment problems that caused so much uncertainty and cost risks for employers have been comprehensively addressed through the changes to the Fair Work Act
in March 2021 and through the High Court’s unanimous decision in the WorkPac v Rossato case in August 2021. It is now time to move on.
Ai Group is not suggesting that no reforms should be considered for gig/platform work and workers. There are a few discrete issues that need to be carefully considered, outlined in this Federal Election Policy Statement.