Operationalise Your Subcontractor Agreement so you can manage your practice and your subcontractors from a place of integrity, confidence, certainty and ATO compliance.

The Problem

Of late I’ve been noticing an increasing amount of concerns and questions raised by private practice owners around how TRUE subcontracting actually works.

Let’s face it…

If you ask 10 people about how they do it, you are probably going to get 10 different answers. So how are you meant to know what is right, what is compliant, what is in integrity and what is ethical?

There is just SOOOOOO MUCH to consider, right?

And if you are anything like me – that is, a person whom holds personal integrity and doing the right thing in high regard – then you want to GET THIS RIGHT.

You want to have the confidence that when challenged or questioned by team members, by colleagues or peers that you will be able to stand in the conviction of your own belief that you have operationalised your subcontracting agreement in the proper way as required by the ATO.

Because the thing is, people WILL question you.


Because they also don’t know the HOW of operationalising this thing and the more they listen to what every other Tom, Dick and Harry has to say about it, the more confused everyone gets.

Now you might be thinking….

I don’t need to know this. I had my contract drawn up by a lawyer, I’m all good.

However, having the RIGHT CONTRACT is only PART ONE of this important relationship.


Fair Work Australia defines a Sham Contract as:

“ …when an employer deliberately disguises an employment relationship as an independent contracting arrangement, instead of engaging the worker as an employee. This is usually done to avoid paying employee entitlements such as superannuation.”

And they ‘disguise’ this by having what would be deemed the ‘right contract’ – often paying lawyers thousands of dollars for this contract – but on a day to day basis they don’t operationalise that contract accordingly, which makes this contract nil and void in the eyes of the ATO (Australian Tax Office).

In other words, they TREAT the subcontractor like an employee – a big NO-NO when you have subcontractors.

And in my experience, when practice owners do this, they do it out of not knowing how to properly TREAT clinicians as subcontractors.

They do this by saying yes when they should say no and by saying no when they should say yes. Very often they just want to come across as nice, by giving the clinician the benefits of both the subcontractor and employee world, but this is an action that could, and probably will, come back to bite them should they ever be audited by the ATO…

Are you really willing to take that risk?

Why I can help

Well, I have had the ‘privilege’ of being reported to the ATO twice now. Both by clinicians whose contracts I terminated due to poor performance, so of course, reporting me to the ATO was the ultimate act of revenge.

The first time it happened I was in an absolute panic. I was only a Permanent Resident of this country at that stage – didn’t have Citizenship as yet – and of course my mind was thinking worst case scenario in that I would be sent back to South Africa if I was found to have been doing the wrong thing. That sounds so ridiculous now, but that is what was going through my panicked head.

I literally spent a full Saturday & Sunday answering the 43 Item Questionnaire that I had to complete. The second time I was reported, I was able to complete that same questionnaire in 2 hours, as I then had a template from the previous time.

In both instances the ATO came back to say that I had true subcontractors and that I was NOT liable to pay any taxes and or Super – HUGE RELIEF.

In retrospect, being reported was one of the best things to ever happen to me, as it gave me the confidence to know that HOW I have operationalised my subcontractor agreement is 100% sound.

The thing is, when you answer those ATO Audit Questions, you have to give demonstrable proof of how you have operationalised your agreement.

Would you be able to do that?

If not, then please do yourself a favour and consider completing my Subcontracting Master Class.



We will discuss all things Subcontracting including….

  • The 6 Clauses you absolutely MUST HAVE in your Subcontractor Agreement.
  • How to OPERATIONALISE the 6 Clauses mentioned above so if audited, you will have proof that you have a true subcontracting arrangement.
  • The Balance of Evidence Test and how it explains the Outcome of the ATO Employee/Contractor Online Tool.


This is a Self-Study program delivered online via my Private Practice Success Members Portal. As soon as you enrol, you will receive an email with your exclusive login details to access the Members Portal, where you will get immediate access to the complete program.

1 x Recorded Video Training

The 2 hours and 44 minute training video will be sent to you via an access link.

6 x Must Have Clauses

An outline of the 6 x MUST have clauses in your Subcontractor Agreement.

Recorded Q&A Session

This is a RECORDED video of an extensive Q&A Session I ran covering the Training Content.


I’m ready to feel confident in my subcontracting processes!

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My personal mission is to coach, mentor and support mental health professionals who want to build a strong financial future, leave a legacy for their family, all whilst having a never-ending ripple effect on the lives that they change on a daily basis. If I can do it, so can you, and I would love to help you, if you would let me.

Yours in Private Practice Success,

Gerda Muller

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DISCLAIMER: The Gerda Muller group of companies provide training and recommendations based on its knowledge and experience within the Australian psychology and allied health industry and as an independent business and business owner and hence any documents provided does NOT constitute legal and or financial advice.