Having a small business can often mean that you need to do work for much larger companies. Some of these companies have very specific rules around WHS and using subcontractors. Sometimes this can be a very unpleasant process.

What is your obligation?

The easiest way to look at this is that provided what they ask you to do is not dangerous or illegal and they are prepared to pay you accordingly then fill out whatever strange and crazy paperwork they want. If you work with TradieSafe you are already compliant but sometimes these big companies can go a little overboard. Provided it’s not costing you money just go with it.


It might sound strange but you will not convince them to change, I will not convince them to change so don’t waste your time. I have been part of these big companies and they really don’t care for your opinion or mine. They have a system that they believe protects their business and they simply want you to go along with it and do your part.

Don’t let it get you down though, remember the good parts of working for big business. Better chance of payment on time, usually a steady flow of work and normally once they hare happy with someone they are unlikely to get rid of your services.

So it’s not all bad, just make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. Ask some questions:

  • Is there a special induction to complete? How long does it take? Do I have to do it every time?
  • What paperwork do you need from us?
  • Do you need to see the ‘actual’ qualifications and tickets or are copies ok?
  • Is there special clothing or PPE required?

Being prepared will save you time and make you money.

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