An independent contractor is someone who is self-employed and provides services to clients. This is also known as contracting or sub-contracting. Generally, independent contractors set up using the sole trader business structure and run their own business with their own Australian Business Number (ABN).
Independent contractors are paid for the results they achieve and are personally responsible if their business makes a profit or loss. They are usually engaged for a specific task and invoice the client when the task is completed.
They commonly work in the construction and IT industries, creative industries such as music and film, and as owner drivers and forestry contractors.