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Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018

Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018

By Dr Elizabeth Shi

Legislation 


In 2016, the Victorian Inquiry into Labour Hire and Insecure Work found significant exploitation of workers in the labour hire industry. The Victorian State Government responded to the Inquiry’s recommendation of establishing a labour hire licensing scheme by introducing the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017. This Bill was passed as an Act of the Parliament in June 2018. The Act commences on 1 November 2019. The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018 (the Act) aims to protect labour hire workers from being underpaid and exploited by providers and hosts who use labour hire workers. Under the Act, a license is required in order for a person to provide labour hire services. Applicants for the license must satisfy the newly established Labour Hire Licensing Authority that they are a fit and proper person, as well as declaring compliance with legal obligations and that the information they provided are true and correct. These licenses may be valid for up to three years from the date they come into force, unless the license is cancelled or ceases to be in force. Each license comes with certain conditions obliging the license holder to comply with all relevant legal obligations and information sharing provisions. Decisions on license applications may be reviewed by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal at the applicant’s request.

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