For the purposes of the PPLAct, 'employer' has its ordinary meaning and includes a reference to a person who is usually such an employer.
The PPL rules provide that the Centrelink may make an employer determination (1.1.E.60) under the PPLAct Part 3-5 for people who are in a similar relationship to that between an employer and employee. This is to allow for those relationships that do not fall squarely into the employer/employee model, such as defence force members and law enforcement officers.
Act reference: PPLAct section 6 The Dictionary
Last reviewed: 2 October 2012