Australia: Inquiry into the Victorian On-Demand Workforce – Report

Last week, the Inquiry into the Victorian On-Demand Workforce released its report into the ‘on-demand’ workforce in the Victorian labour market (the Report). This inquiry was commissioned by the Victorian Government in 2018 following widespread concern over the wages and conditions offered to workers in the gig economy. Overall, the Report finds that that many … Read more

Australia: Labour Hire Licensing Update – July 2020

Further to our previous updates, there have been two updates to the ACT and SA labour hire licensing (LHL) legislation that have passed Parliament recently, but have not yet commenced. The SA Parliament passed the Labour Hire Licensing (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2020 (the SA Act) which introduces significant changes to the LHL scheme in SA. … Read more

Australia: In the Rossato decision, the Court confirms overall relationship is still critical in determining casual employment; rejects ‘double dipping’ argument

In the long awaited decision of WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato [2020] FCAFC 84, the Full Federal Court finds ‘casual’ WorkPac employee entitled to leave and holiday payments. Background Robert Rossato was employed by labour hire company WorkPac Pty Ltd (WorkPac) as a casual coal mining worker across companies within the Glencore Group from 28 … Read more

Australia: Labour Hire Licensing Update – December 2019

Further to our previous updates, there have been a number of recent developments to licensing schemes in Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria. Most notably: Victoria: The Victorian Labour Hire Authority has announced that where a completed application is submitted to the Authority before midnight on 31 December 2019 and there is no evidence of non-compliance, … Read more

Australia: Overview of Labour Hire Licensing in Australia

The Victorian labour hire licensing scheme will commence on 29 April 2019. There is a six month transition period which ends on 29 October 2019. Please click the map below for a summary on the current status of licensing schemes around Australia at a State and Federal level.  Read more

Australia: The federal Modern Slavery Bill becomes law

The Modern Slavery Bill 2018 (Cth) (Bill) was passed into law on 29 November 2018. It is expected to commence in January 2019. The Bill creates an ongoing obligation for ‘Reporting Entities’ to file a modern slavery statement (Statement) – being a report on the steps the entity has taken to assess and address risks of modern … Read more