Following various parliamentary inquiries at the Federal and State level into labour hire practices, it looks as though state-based labour hire licensing schemes will very soon be a reality, with the Queensland Government1 recently passing legislation for a state-based labour hire licensing scheme to commence in the first half of 2018. The South Australian and Victorian Governments also look set to follow Queensland, with proposed legislation for a state-based scheme currently before the South Australian Parliament and the Victorian Government recently announcing its intention to introduce legislation by the end of the year.
The licensing scheme recently introduced in Queensland and proposed for South Australia and Victoria will regulate “providers of labour hire services” and businesses that engage these providers (which may capture companies outside the traditional labour hire industry), so now is the time to understand the potential implications of the proposed changes for your business.
1. A report on the labour hire licensing scheme proposed for Queensland was released in late July by the Parliamentary Committee charged with reviewing the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 (Qld). While the Committee was unable to reach agreement on whether the Bill should pass, it remains likely that Queensland Government will continue to push for this reform to be introduced.For more information on the Queensland scheme and what is proposed see our article: Casting a Wide Net: Proposed Labour Hire Licensing Scheme in Queensland.
This presentation was prepared by Catherine Berry, Senior Associate, Brisbane and Tamsin Lawrence, Solicitor, Melbourne.
For information or advice on this topic please contact:
Tamsin LawrenceSolicitor, Melbourne
+61 3 9288 1245