Are your labour hire workers safe?

Labour hire licensing is a hot topic right now across Australia! 

So, what is a labour hire license you ask? It is a new licensing system that has been implemented across Queensland, South Australia and is now available in Victoria to ensure the regulation of labour hire providers.  At this stage, there is no further information regarding the future plans for the remaining states and territories, but we’ll stay ahead of the news for you.

WHAT IS A LABOUR HIRE PROVIDER?

A business that is involved in supplying one or more individuals to work in a business owned by another person.  

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IF YOU’RE CONSIDERING LABOUR HIRE.. 

  • Companies who use Labour Hire workers must engage licensed providers across Victoria, South Australia or Queensland. 
  • That 25% of working Australian’s are employed on a causal basis. This means a quarter of employees are not entitled to paid leave, sick pay, or any other benefits that a full-time employee would typically receive. 
  • To obtain a Victorian Labour Hire license, new companies had until December 31st of 2019 to register online and apply.  
  • Unlicensed labour hire providers can face serious fines, exceeding up to $500,000.
  • License holders must report on their operations to the Office of Industrial Relations. Failing to report within a certain time frame may result in a fine, or the licence being suspended or cancelled.

WHAT IS A LABOUR HIRE WORKER?

A labour hire worker is someone that is employed by and paid by labour hire providers and supplied to host businesses in different industries and offices on a full-time, part-time or casual basis.

Having worked in the Labour Hire industry for 10 years, I find this new scheme a great way to protect labour hire workers as well as regulating labour hire providers! 

-Nadia

WANT MORE INFORMATION?

Contact us on (03) 8726 2929 or reach out to us via email anytime at contact@staffbydynamic.com.au

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