The Gig Economy Stakeholder Reference Group meets to discuss the potential impacts of the gig economy on the workers compensation system and ensure regulation is fit for purpose in the digital age.
The gig economy, where people obtain work through online platforms, is part of the rapidly growing collaborative economy. NSW Government research found that between 2014 and 2016, the number of people working in the gig economy in NSW almost doubled to 92,400 and revenue increased from $1.6 billion to $2.6 billion.
The gig economy is creating opportunities for people to earn additional or supplementary income in an expanding variety of sectors. Examples of existing gig economy activities include ride-sharing, food delivery and an online marketplace for outsourcing everyday tasks.
Gig economy customers can benefit from improved greater access, choice, convenience and flexibility at competitive prices.
The Gig Economy Stakeholder Reference Group met in Sydney on 1 March, 2 July and 8 November 2018. SIRA will be hosting ongoing meetings in 2019.
The reference group includes representatives from gig economy companies for example ride sharing and food delivery, government agencies and employer and business representative groups.
- Airtasker Pty Ltd
- Better Caring
- Department of Finance Services and Innovation
- Employers Mutual Limited (EML)
- GoBuggy Australia
- Grattan Institute
- Insurance Council of Australia
- NSW Business Chamber
- NSW Data Analytics Centre
- Office of the Small Business Commissioner
- Ride-share Drivers' Association Australia
- SafeWork NSW
- The Australia Institute
- The Public Purpose
- The Sharing Hub
- Unions NSW