LABOUR HIRE CHANGES COMMENCE 30 OCTOBER 2019
From 30 October businesses must only use licensed labour hire providers or providers who have applied for a licence before 30 October 2019 and have not been refused, or face major penalties.
In Victoria, the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018 has been legislated.
The scheme was established in response to the Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work which uncovered widespread abuse and exploitation of labour hire workers across Victoria.
The key elements of the licensing scheme are as follows:
The Labour Hire Licensing Authority is responsible for licensing labour hire providers and undertaking education, enforcement and compliance activity. Workers will be protected against exploitation from unlicensed labour hire providers and host employers not engaging licensed providers.
The scheme seeks to achieve a level playing field, such that reputable labour providers do not face unfair competition from unscrupulous operators, and labour hire workers are not subject to exploitation.
Labour hire providers have six months to apply for a licence. From 30th October 2019, hosts must not use unlicensed providers unless a provider is on the Authority's website as having applied for a licence and the application has not been refused.
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