"Freelancing in Australia: 2015" is the only study of its kind that quantifies the Australian independent workforce. How many Australians are freelancing? Why? And what is the outlook for freelancing in Australia? This study, conducted by an independent research firm and commissioned by Upwork, surveyed more than 1,000 Australian workers to answer these questions and more. Results showed that nearly 4.1 million people did freelance work in the past year, driven first and foremost by the lure of a more flexible lifestyle.