Sharefarmers: Worker or contractor?

Understand whether sharefarmers are considered workers for the purposes of WorkSafe.


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When there is a arrangement between the owner of the land and an individual (the sharefarmer) whereby the sharefarmer is entitled to receive a share of the income derived from the land (either in cash or in kind) in exchange for their work on that land the sharefarmer may be the worker of the land owner.

For the sharefarmer to be the worker of the land owner they must be entitled to receive less than one third of the income derived from the land or the written sharefarming agreement must state that the land owner is liable for the sharefarmer in the event that they are injured out of or in the course of the sharefarming work (for instance, under Victorian workers compensation legislation).