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An outworker is someone who is either:
This definition comes from the Fair Work Act 2009.
Outworkers are common in the clothing, textile and footwear manufacturing industry.
Employers in the national workplace relations system have to:
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Some state laws have conditions about outworkers, such as letting unions into an employer's building to look at outworker records. These laws still apply.
There are also has special rights of entry for unions to check on textile, clothing and footwear outworkers.
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