Better protections for contractors

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Submissions due: 14 February 2020, 5pm

The Government is seeking feedback on options for strengthening legal protections for contractors.

What we are consulting on

The Government wants to ensure that all workers in New Zealand have access to decent work with minimum standards and conditions. There are concerns that some contractors are vulnerable to poor outcomes, because they lack both the protections offered to employees by law, and the power to negotiate a better deal.

We are consulting the public on four groups of possible options for change. These options aim to:

  • ensure that workers receive their minimum rights and entitlements
  • reduce the imbalance of bargaining power between firms and contractors who are vulnerable to poor outcomes
  • ensure that system settings encourage inclusive economic growth and competition.

We are keen to hear from anyone who is interested in this work or could be impacted by changes to the rights and protections of contractors in New Zealand. We would like you to tell us what you think the advantages, disadvantages and costs of these options might be, and how these options could be effectively designed and implemented to deliver better outcomes for people in New Zealand.

We encourage anyone with an interest in this area to make a written submission, or to complete our online survey.

Your feedback will help us develop a comprehensive response to the challenges faced by contractors in New Zealand.

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If you’re a contractor, take our 10 min survey

We are interested in hearing about your personal experience of working as a contractor and the changes you think Government should make to improve your working life. The online survey can be completed on a smartphone, tablet or computer and does not require you to have read the discussion document. It will take around 10 minutes to complete.

Complete the online survey(external link)

How to make a submission

We have included a number of questions in the Better protections for contractors: Discussion document to highlight areas where we would like further input. We encourage you to use these questions as a guide when submitting your feedback.

The submission form template contains the questions from the discussion document, along with space for you to provide your answers. You do not need to complete every section – we welcome responses to some or all of the questions.

Please email written submissions to

If you would prefer to submit a hard copy, please post these to:

Employment Standards Team
Labour and Immigration Policy
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
PO Box 1473
Wellington 6140

If you have any questions about the consultation or the submissions process, you are welcome to email these to

The closing date for submissions is 14 February 2020.

What happens after you have sent your submission?

After the consultation period closes, we will use your feedback to inform our advice to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety on final options for change. The Minister may then seek Cabinet agreement to his preferred options.

Last updated: 26 November 2019