Twin Rivers Developments v FCT [2022] AATA 887

This decision makes an important point about characterisation.  The issue was whether payments to the director of a development entity and his wife were ‘wages’ giving rise to a ‘cash flow boost’ entitlement14.  The director gave evidence they were wages and that he and his wife were employees.

However, as Olding SM said (at [42]), neither labels adopted nor statements made are determinative of the legal nature of a relationship – ‘Rather, it is the nature of the legal rights and duties that, as a matter of law, determine its character’15.  The balance of the evidence given, however, indicated the tribunal accepted there was employment some of the time.

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14 s 5 Boosting Cash Flow for Employers (CERP) Act 2020.

15 Personnel [2022] HCA 1 (at (58, 127]), cf Rossato [2021] HCA 23 (at [57]).