News Tag: Gigster

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MinterEllison is working on advice on the benefits question

The amazing team at the law firm, MinterEllison has been supporting the platform for some time with pro bono legal advice.  They have been incredibly generous and supportive.  We cannot speak highly enough of their valuable support.  Recently, they have started work to provide us  with expert advice on the benefit question we mentioned recently.

Australians with disabilities on a government pension, benefits or healthcare card might worry that income in one month might impact on their entitlements into the future.  What might be concerning is the inherent changeability in income from a monetised hobby/craft, for gig-based micro-businesses and small businesses.  It can be  hard to predict future income – especially early in an endeavour’s journey.  Our hope is to smooth out some of the peaks and troughs of income over time.

The prospect of benefitting from independent and expert legal advice from a firm with a standing like MinterEllison is incredibly reassuring.

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We’ve hit 1,000 followers!

We are excited to report the platform now has 1,000 followers. Thank you everyone who rallied to help us reach this important milestone.  The platform is building toward making a disruptive change to disability employment in Australia.

Part of this is recognising, celebrating and supporting the fact Australians with disability can establish money-generating endeavours. Doing so not only has the potential to provide financial independence, it will deliver increased social engagement, dignity and mental health.

We are still plugging away at fund raising, but we do so elated by the community support we have received.  SO THANK YOU EVERYONE.

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Changing how you think about generating income

For most of us, having to retire from ‘regular work’ means that we will need to change how we think about generating income.  This is also true for people with longterm disabilities who have not been able to engage and remain employed in the Australia workforce.

In the case of ‘regular work’, most of us strive to secure a job that will pay the bills, be rewarding and is respectful/safe. Reality is that many of us will not be able to secure enough income from one source to cover all of our needs.  Instead, we need to be prepared to compile a suite of income sources to get us what we need. Hopefully, all of them should address the respect, dignity and enjoyment criteria.

Our goal is to build and grow a resource library that will assist members to identify and pursue for themselves useful and realistic for their disabilities and capacity.  With the blog and mentoring, we hope to support members to maximise the money they earn from their endeavours.

‘Passion economy’ is the new buzzword that’s shaping the future of work – ThePrint (Utkarsh Amitabh | February 2022)

We have previously posted an item with the admonishment not to pursue your passion as a career.  That notwithstanding, we agree with this item, a really good step being taken by some people who lost their jobs to the pandemic is to set up an endeavour that aligns with your passion.  For Australians with disability, we strongly suggest that your money-generating endeavour is something that you enjoy doing and something that you’re curious about. is here to support you to pursue that passion.  

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The rise of the gig economy amid the pandemic and its future for tech enterprises – Yourstory (Shresth Shrivastav | February 2022)

The reality is that for many Australians with disability, gig work may be the only way to generate an income.  The freedom to shape the workplace, hours, role and projects can be essential to deal with the realities of a condition and to pursue an individual’s goals and potential.  Assisting with the establishment and operation of a gig-based micro-business is one of the ways the platform will assist members.

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The gig economy – Medium (Passiveblog | March 2022)

One of the things the platform will do is to support members to establish and operate a gig-based micro-businesses.  Gig work is something you can do with only minimal upfront outlay and with relatively few risks.  You can fit your work around your disability, needs and aspirations.  Contact us at [email protected] or on 0436 480 769 to discuss.

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Side hustles or temp work? The rise and rise of the gig economy – HRD (Louis White | March 2022)

The growth of gig work during the last few years has been extraordinary.  During the height of the pandemic, it was a way to work and earn, while so much of the world was shut down.  As life lurched back to the workplace, it has reflected the desire of some to continue working from home and independence.  Globally, governments have introduced measures to legislate gig work – including moves in Australia by the new Australian government.  For the non-disabled such moves are sensible, because they are measures to ensure safe work and fair wages for people who are really employees but unscrupulous employers are calling freelancers.  For some Australians with disabilities, the flexibility of gig work is the only way we can work. Until laws catch up with that, we should be aware of what a salaried worker would be paid to do what we do and that multiple gigs with the same entity might not be possible.