Independent contractors are staff that have been hired to provide services or specialised skills and expertise that are not readily capable of being provided by existing employees.
Making the right choice between engaging an independent contractor and an employee is important. Incorrect choices can cause significant reputational and financial risk to the University.
As a general rule, an individual operating as an independent contractor will operate independently of the University and will be engaged for the provision of a specific deliverable. They would not be expected to undertake work that is normally undertaken by employees in association with core activities and they would generally advertise and offer their services to a range of other organisations, operating as a business with an ABN.