Gig economy at heart of new project

Implementing practical measures to improve workplace health and safety for gig economy workers is at the centre of a new research driven project by the NSW Government.

Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, Kevin Anderson, said the first phase of the project, involving comprehensive research and a survey of gig economy workers in the food delivery industry, has now been completed.

“Until now there has been a lack of research around the nature of the risks facing gig economy delivery workers which has made it difficult for policy makers to determine how best to respond to this emerging sector,” Mr Anderson said.

“I am pleased to launch the next stage of the project which will engage with gig economy platforms and gig economy workers to identify practical measures and initiatives that can improve workplace safety.”

These measures will by trialled in the workplace early next year and their impact evaluated. A final evaluation report will be completed in the third quarter of next year and will include recommendations to Government on policy changes that may be needed to NSW’s workplace safety regime.

Mr Anderson said that gig economy work has boomed in recent years, especially during the pandemic.

“This project is both timely and necessary as the gig economy has boomed this year, with no signs of slowing down,” Mr Anderson said.

“While COVID-19 has created opportunities for the gig economy, it has also helped bring to light some of the challenges.

“NSW takes workplace health and safety incredibly seriously and it’s imperative that none of our workers are left behind.”

The final copy of the research report will be available on the SafeWork NSW website.

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