Liability for business connecting people to do odd-jobs.

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oscarveld

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Hi everyone,
I'm looking to start a business that connects people who are looking to do one time or "odd-jobs" with people who need these jobs done.

My question is:
If a user was doing an odd-job for someone they had found with our website and caused damages to the persons property or self, would the business be liable?
No money would go through the business and all we would be doing is connecting people (think gumtree).

Thanks in advance.
 

Atticus

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Suggest each person (worker) has thier own ABN & public liability insurance.... Make sure you sight & copy before taking them on...

Otherwise you may indeed risk taking on an liability yourself
 

Rob Legat - SBPL

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You'd need carefully contractual arrangement to ensure you weren't in the firing line. For example, if it was structured as a subcontracting arrangement where the person who wanted the job was contracting you to arrange someone - you're likely to be directly liable. If it was structured as a third party arranger for a direct contract between the person wanting the job and the worker, then it's less likely.