September 03 2015
Introduced to Parliament in June as a private members’ bill, the purpose of this Bill is to amend the Minimum Wage Act 1983 to extend its provisions to apply to payments under a contract for services that are remunerated at below the minimum wage. Currently certain types of work, such as pamphlet deliveries, are not subject to any minimum wage requirements because remuneration is paid under a contract for services. The Bill provides for this type of contractor to be paid not less than a minimum rate, that is equivalent to the minimum wage. At this time the Bill doesn’t include agricultural services such as contract milkers.