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What is the difference between a contractor and an employee?

An independent contractor is a person who agrees to deliver a certain outcome, whereas an employee must obey the employer's command. The systems that govern workplace relations in Australia are based on the common law 'contract of employment'. A central characteristic of this standard 'contract of employment' is the power of the employer to command the manner of the work performance. Some employment relationships, however, such as those involving independent contractors, do not share this characteristic. Read More

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