We are witnessing a clear escalation in regulatory activity across Australia, most recently and very topical is the new Industrial Manslaughter (IM) offence.
Where a business is found to have negligently caused the death of a worker, the possible consequences for leadership, management and businesses are potentially significant. Senior officers (which includes everyone involved in management) could face up to 20 years jail time and businesses may be fined up to $10 million (or up to $16 million in Victoria). Continue reading
The Labour Hire Licensing Regulation 2018 (Qld) was notified Friday, 6 April 2018. Key matters addressed in the Regulation are:
- exclusions from the scheme established in the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 (Qld); and
- detail of the operational requirements of the scheme, particularly in relation to applications for licences, fees and reporting.
A brief update on these matters is below. For more information, the full text of the Regulation is available here and our earlier update on the Act passed in September 2017 is available here.
In anticipation of amendments to the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 (Qld) (Act), companies covered by the Act should begin turning their minds to current appointments and potential changes they may wish to implement, particularly taking into account the proposed removal of the limitation period.
The Heavy Vehicle National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 (the Bill) was introduced into Queensland Parliament yesterday to amend the Heavy Vehicle National Law Act 2012 (Qld) (the Act). A copy of the Bill can be found here.
The HVNL is national scheme legislation that, once commenced in Queensland, will apply in all participating states and territories. All states and territories in Australia except for Western Australia and the Northern Territory have adopted the Act.
The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 (Qld) (Act), which was passed on 7 September 2017, has been proclaimed to commence on 16 April 2018. This means labour hire providers as defined by the Act will have 60 days from that date to lodge their licence application. Continue reading
The Queensland Parliament is currently considering significant changes to the labour hire industry by way of the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 (Qld) (Bill). The Bill was introduced and read for the first time on 25 May 2017 and was subsequently reported on by the Finance and Administration Committee (Finance Committee).
- introduces a licensing scheme for labour hire providers (Providers); and
- creates various offences relating to that scheme.
The Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 was passed late on 7 September by the Queensland Parliament, with the legislation set to commence in the first half of 2018 (though a formal commencement date is yet to be proclaimed).
A brief update about the passing of the Bill is below. For more detailed information about its operation and potential impacts, please see our earlier articles about the content of the Bill and the status of labour hire licensing schemes in other Australian jurisdictions.