Twelve months ago my daughter entered into a 3-year written contract with an acting talent agency after being told verbally that there would be no conflict between the contract she was to sign and her work for a modelling agency she was already contracted to. Having obtained only 1 acting role (worth $200) through the acting agency over 9 months, and not feeling fully engaged by them she has attempted to cancel the contract with the acting talent agency, giving three months notice. They have repeatedly refused to release her, and have said she is contracted, exclusively to them for 2 more years. My question is not regarding the right of parties to enter into a contract as they deem fit, just whether or not this particular type of contract is legally binding under Australian contract law? (I understand that no legal advice is given by this forum, just personal opinions) And/or what avenues exist for her to leave the acting agency. These are the relevant facts: The online ATO employee/contractor decision tool suggests that my daughter is an employee of the acting agency, not a contractor (although the contract stipulates otherwise). While the contract allows the agency to terminate the contract at any time at their absolute discretion, no reciprocal discretionary rights to terminate are available to my daughter (“unfettered discretionary power”?) The contract stipulates that she must pay the agent a percentage for ALL money she earns during that period (regardless of where sourced, including unrelated work). No formal written negotiation regarding the contract was entered into. This is a small industry. Acting agents are considered to hold a lot of power and getting an agent is an achievement. Other acting agencies, for there part, will not give any work to my daughter unless the original agency 'formally' releases her or acknowledges that she is free to be represented elsewhere. Her modelling agency will no longer give her work that her acting agent might be in the market to place people into - even if the acting agent doesn't receive a brief for such (models are often employed for TV commercials, hence the conflict - perhaps the entertainment industry act 2013 and industrial relations code-of-conduct apply?) Any thoughts?