In NSW, a worker for workers compensation purposes is 'a person who has entered into or works under a contract of service or a training contract with an employer (whether by way of manual labour, clerical work or otherwise, and whether the contract is expressed or implied, and whether the contract is oral or in writing)'.

However as many employment relationships are not standard, some people are also classified as ‘deemed’ workers. To assist you to clarify whether a person is a worker for workers compensation purposes, the State Insurance Regulatory Authority has designed a self-assessment tool. This tool is available to all employers and is designed to identify the worker status of the person(s) through a series of simple questions.