This document is a basic, short form agreement for engagement of an independent contractor (say, a consultant) by a company (client, receiver of services supplied).
It contains many optional clauses that may be either retained or discarded depending on the circumstances of the situation. However it does not attempt to contain all possible clauses; additional clauses are available separately to deal with more unusual scenarios (eg particular insurance arrangements, post engagement restraint clauses, or pre-engagement check, etc). The agreement also contains shorter form confidentiality and intellectual property; again, longer form clauses are available separately.
There is also a standard employment agreement available separately (see “Basic employment agreement (long form)” and “Basic employment agreement (short form)”.
Schedule 1 provides space for a detailed description of the duties to be performed.
This document has been authored by Brooke Pendlebury, Principal, Pendlebury Workplace Law, Sydney.
This document is prepared with the assistance of Specialist Editor Justine Turnbull, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw Australia.