LABOUR HIRE LICENSING UPDATE

Source: MADEC

Growing concern over the exploitation of workers in the agricultural industry led to the South Australian, Queensland and Victorian state Governments conducting enquiries into the use of labour hire. Recommendations from those enquiries resulted in the introduction of similar, but subtly different labour hire regulations requiring licensing of labour hire providers in each of the three states.

Victoria: The Victorian Labour Hire Licensing Scheme is a new business licensing system that protects vulnerable labour hire workers from exploitation and regulates the provision of labour hire services. Certain administrative provisions under the scheme have begun, but licensing is not yet in force.

Compliance obligations for labour hire providers and users, including those relating to licensing, are not expected to begin before early 2019. The commencement date for these obligations will be announced well in advance and will include information about the transition period for applying for a licence.

Further information: https://labourhireauthority.vic.gov.au/