Seminar | Regulating work and labour hire in the gig economy

Join us at Professor Andrew Stewart’s seminar on Wednesday 23 May, 2018 (12.00pm – 1.30pm) “Regulating work and labour hire in the gig economy”.


Andrew Stewart will look at what previous case law both in Australia and overseas can tell us about the legal status of workers in the burgeoning “gig economy” – and in particular what entitlements or protections they might be able to claim. He will review some of the suggested regulatory responses, including the idea of creating a new category of “independent worker” or “platform worker” to extend a limited range of rights to those who might not qualify as employees. He will also examine the potential for the new labour hire licensing regimes in Queensland  and other States to apply to work arranged through digital platforms.


Andrew Stewart is the John Bray Professor of Law at the University of Adelaide and a Legal Consultant to the law firm Piper Alderman. One of Australia’s leading experts in employment law and workplace relations, he is an editor of the Australian Journal of Labour Law and co-director of the Adelaide Law School’s Work and Employment Regulation research group. His books include Stewart’s Guide to Employment Law, Creighton & Stewart’s Labour Law and Cooperation at Work: How Tribunals Can Help Transform Workplaces. His current research includes Australian Research Council-funded projects on the regulation of unpaid work experience and the organisation of work through digital platforms.

WHEN: Wednesday 23rd May 2018, 12:00 noon  – 1:30 pm
WHERE: Room M-306, Level 3, M Block, QUT Gardens Point campus (map)
BOOKINGS: No need to register.  For enquiries, email

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