SEA’s website will remain available for some time as an historical record of its work over 25 years. A lot has been achieved. You can read the issues in its background and advocacy papers from the drop-down menu in the light blue banner above.
Holding the ATO to public account for mistreatment of self-employed/small business taxpayers, including a reform agenda for the ATO. This included:
• Defending a group of vulnerable self-employed people against ATO attack.
• Triggering the Four Corners program ‘Mongrel Bunch of Bastards’.
Achieving legislative recognition for the self-employed
• Achieving the Independent Contractors Act (2006).
• Achieving international recognition for self-employed rights at the ILO.
Unfair contract protections
Unfair Contract laws for self-employed/small business people would not have occurred without SEA’s 10-year campaign.
SEA defended owner-driver rights in the High Court.
Work Safety laws
SEA campaigned to have self-employed people appropriately included in Australia’s work safety laws.
Not Above The Law
SEA took legal action to try and have the Victorian WorkSafe Authority comply with its statutory obligations to investigate the Victorian government over its failed hotel quarantine program—a program which resulted in over 800 deaths.
Be Your Own Boss
SEA initiated its Be Your Own Boss campaign to seek to prevent legislation that would outlaw the right to be self-employed.