Victorian Inquiry into the On-Demand Workforce

Posted on 24 Jan 2019

Please note: this is an old article

It was published in January 2019, so the information may be out-of-date.

The Victorian Government is conducting an Inquiry into the On-Demand Workforce in Victoria, which it announced on 22 September 2018. The Inquiry would like to hear from a full range of people participating in the sector: businesses, consumers and of course workers themselves.

The on-demand sector, if it can be called that, operates across many different industries, professions and regions. There is no single model that facilitates ‘on-demand’ work. Indeed, it is challenging to even agree on a definition, such is the diversity of the work and the arrangements and the pace at which we see new entrants, revised models and, in some cases, participants existing the market. 

The Inquiry will also seek out evidence about the impact upon those outside the sector, such as businesses providing services under ‘traditional’ arrangements.
The Inquiry will seek information in a number of ways.  This includes the conventional approach of seeking written submissions from members of the public.
A Background Paper has been prepared to assist parties frame their submission. The Background Paper and The Terms of reference can be downloaded at

In addition to seeking formal submissions, the Inquiry will also speak directly with people, procuring research and inviting less formal ‘submissions’ in a manner which encourages people to share their own experiences of the on-demand economy.

The closing date for making a written submission is 6 February 2019. Submissions can be emailed to: