02 Jun 06 ATO Building and Construction Industry ForumThe Building & Construction Industry Forum met in Sydney on Wednesday 30 May 2006. The key area of discussion was the “status of the worker” issue, with the Union representatives and trades representatives expressing concern about:
- Apprentices and laborers obtaining ABNs and being treated by employers as contractors; and
- The impact of the proposed Independent Contractor’s Act on the clarity of the employee/contractor definition.
The ATO has prepared a tool to assist both workers and employers in determining a workers status for PAYGW purposes, but to date it has received only 8,200 hits (over an approximately 7 month period).