This inquiry is the first comprehensive examination of the on-demand or gig economy in New South Wales. This chapter provides background information and context to the inquiry, detailing important developments around the world, key reviews undertaken by other governments and parliaments in Australia, existing data relating to this aspect of the workforce, and the current legislative and regulatory framework that applies to these types of workers in New South Wales. It sets the scene for the analytical chapters that follow.
The terms of reference for this inquiry (shown on pages vi-vii) require the committee to examine how the advancement of technology is changing the world of work, the challenges and opportunities that arise, and the implications for current workplace laws and regulation, the economy and taxation. To date, the committee has conducted eight hearings and received 53 submissions. Due to the breadth of issues covered, the committee will produce two reports for this inquiry.
This first report provides a comprehensive analysis of the on-demand or gig economy in New South Wales, addressing whether current workplace laws and regulation adequately protect these types of workers in New South Wales.