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Supporting gig workers

21 June 2023 | By Victorian Government

The Gig Worker Support Service helps gig workers understand their rights, protections and entitlements under workplace and related laws.

What is the Gig Worker Support Service?

The Gig Worker Support Service (GWSS) is a Victorian Government initiative to support gig workers, and the first service of its kind in Australia. The GWSS is supporting gig workers by providing information and advice.

It can also help you make informed decisions about working for a platform and resolving work disputes, by putting you in touch with Government agencies and other services.

What is gig work?

Gig work is work accessed through or organised by digital platforms. These digital platforms are websites or apps that match people that need work done with people who want to do that work.

Gig workers can be employees or independent contractors (non-employee workers).

What are common gig work industries?

The Gig Worker Support Service is for gig workers and platforms in all industries. Gig work is well established in:

  • transportation
  • food delivery
  • disability support and aged care.

It’s also increasingly common in a wide variety of other industries, including:

  • creative industries (such as graphic design, writing, photography, and videography)
  • information technology (such as coding, and software development)
  • psychological counselling
  • domestic services (such as cleaning and home maintenance).

How can GWSS help?

The Gig Worker Support Service is committed to improving fairness and support for gig workers. Our functions include providing information and advice or making a referral to other services to resolve disputes. We can help gig workers to:

  • understand rights, protections and entitlements under workplace and related laws
  • make informed decisions about working for a platform
  • resolve work disputes, by putting gig workers in touch with Government agencies and other services.

We also promote and administer the Voluntary Fair Conduct and Accountability Standards (the Standards) to improve gig work conditions We can also help platforms to understand and implement the Standards.

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