Corrs Chambers Westgarth launches its annual Workplace
Corrs Chambers Westgarth's third annual workplace
Charts the rise of the peer to peer economy
Trends towards a freelancing workforce intensifying
The changing nature of work and how employers' and
workers' legal rights are affected in a world of increased
contracting and flexible work arrangements is the subject of the
third landmark annual review of the Australian employment,
workplace and safety landscape, published by Australia's
leading independent law firm, Corrs Chambers Westgarth.
Navigating the complexity of workplace change and its
intersection with law is critical for Australian businesses and
their employees amid the rise and rise of the sharing economy and
the concurrent trend towards contracting and flexible workforces,
the report states.
"We are now witnessing the rapid growth of
"peer-to-peer" platforms like Airbnb, TaskRabbit, Mojo
Power and 99designs – bringing new challenges to
Australia's traditional approach to workplace relations and
safety regulation,'' said John Tuck, Partner at Corrs
Chambers Westgarth. "From this third annual review it is clear
that this trend is intensifying and it presents profound challenges
This year, Corrs explored five key issues that the firm believes
Australian employers need to be engaging with in the modern
These five themes are: digital disruption and the future of
work; Australia's 21st century infrastructure needs; the public
sector workforce; social enterprises and the not-for-profit sector;
and business culture and risk.
The report identifies the three central issues that businesses
need to focus on to increase their value and minimise risk as the
changing expectations about leadership and culture, understanding
workplace mental health, and managing security threats.
On future organisations, Corrs explores what the workplace in
the years ahead will look like and how businesses should adapt to
digitisation and the advances in technology that are fundamentally
changing the way we work.
Examining Australia's 21st century infrastructure needs in
detail, the report states that as a country, if we are to continue
driving economic growth and increasing employment opportunities,
investing in critical, sustainable infrastructure projects in an
affordable way is essential.
"It is also clear that around Australia, federal, state and
territory governments are finding that they need to deliver high
quality public services with increasingly constrained
budgets," said Mr Tuck. "We highlight some of the
challenges currently facing the public sector workforce in this
"Social impact investing is slowly starting to have an
increased take-up in Australia, and with the federal Government
opting to support social enterprises through a new $20 million
fund, this sector is set to continue growing," added Mr
Corrs is committed to creating long-term value to its clients
through its focus on the shape of future organisations, risk,
restructuring from 20th century models, cost effective
infrastructure delivery, human capital, the special needs of the
public sector and start-ups.
"It has been a long-held ambition of the Corrs team to
think outside the traditionally siloed approach to the categories
of employment, discrimination, industrial relations and safety; to
become true advisors who bring a holistic approach to solving new
problems and seizing that next opportunity to drive the
competitiveness of Australia and our clients,'' said Mr
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