How Commtract Works

Welcome to Commtract, the world’s first dedicated marketplace for communications professionals.

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Post a project

Posting a project is completely free. All you need to do is write a short project description and nominate the skills and experience that you require.

Next add your budget, either as a lump sum, or as an hourly, daily or monthly rate. This is not mandatory, however it does help to guide interested Commtractors.

You can choose to post the project publicly, or to limit it to a select group of Commtractors.

Post a project

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Review proposals

Once you have posted a project, you will begin to receive proposals from interested Commtractors. Each proposal will include the Commtractor’s profile, terms of engagement and contact details. If you like a proposal, you can shortlist it. You can also share it with your colleagues for their feedback.

You can contact an interested Commtractor at any point to request more information or to arrange an interview.

If you have found the perfect Commtractor before the proposal deadline expires, you can close the process straight away.

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Engage a Commtractor

Once you have decided on your Commtractor, simply click “accept their proposal”. You will have a choice of using our automated agreement or your own legal agreement.

Our agreement allows you to choose from standard clauses around termination, IP, expenses and confidentiality.

Importantly, the relationship between the client and consultant is that of principal and independent contractor. Nothing in the Commtract agreement gives rise to a relationship of employment, agency or partnership between the client and consultant. Commtract is not a party to the agreement.

You can edit details relating to price and dates depending on what has been agreed. At this point, we will also let all the other Commtractors know that they were unsuccessful.

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Invoicing and Payments

You will receive all invoices from Commtract on behalf of your Commtractors, which include our 12.5 percent commission. We remit money back to Commtractors within 48 hours of receiving payment from you. Importantly, Commtract is for consultants. Our talent all have an ABN. We do not manage their taxation affairs or superannuation.

It is the responsibility of our clients to understand their workplace obligations. However, if you would like to engage a Commtractor as a casual employee, either directly or using a contingent labour solution, please feel free to call us.

If you convert a Commtractor to a full-time employee, then we will charge 15 percent of their first year’s remuneration. This is all outlined in the User Terms of Service.

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Feedback

At the end of the project, we will contact you to obtain feedback. This is not made public, but it does ensure we continually review the talent on our platform.

 

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Still have questions about Commtract?

What services do you offer?

We do anything that typically fits within a Corporate Affairs or Communications function. Here is a list of the disciplines.

How long is the typical commtract?

It ranges from 12 hours to 12 months. Some projects might be a short piece of writing done on a weekend. Others might be a long term consultancy.

Are Commtractors employees or consultants?

Commtractors are consultants or independent contractors. If you want to engage them in an employment relationship we can arrange this but you need to contact us directly.

Who pays the commtractor’s superannuation and tax?

The commtractor is a consultant or an independent contractor. They are responsible for their own taxation and superannuation affairs.

What if I am not quite sure what I am looking for?

Even though we are a technology company we haven’t lost sight of the importance of client support. Commtract is owned and run by communications experts. If you want to talk to one of us to discuss a project contact us directly.

How experienced are the Commtractors?

At minimum they have three years’ experience in communications. Beyond that it varies. We have everyone from the young hot-shots just starting out in a communications careers to the experienced veterans who have run agencies and functions.

How do I know your commtractors deliver quality?

Before anyone is approved to the platform they are interviewed, screened and vetted. Clients also provide us feedback on their work once a project is complete.

How much does it cost?

It’s absolutely free to post a project and if we cannot find the right talent then there are no costs at all. If you do engage a commtractor then we add12.5 percent to their budget. If they are so good you want them to go full time then we charge 15 percent of the first years remuneration. This is all in the Terms & Conditions

Can I post my project anonymously?

Yes, of course you can. We can also make sure people with only certain skills or experience see the project. For example for a highly sensitive projects a client might only want less than ten people to see it. For a complex project a client might only want people with 30 years’ experience to see it.

How does the invoicing work?

Commtractors invoice clients through our platform. If this does not suit your company please contact us and we can arrange a different process.

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