The new mandatory labour hire licensing laws started this week, known as the Labour Hire Licensing Scheme.
Labour hire providers are now required to be licensed in Queensland and businesses who need to hire labour must only use licensed providers.
The scheme sets minimum standards for labour hire providers and the new laws aim to give workers in Queensland increased protection in a regulated industry where employers will be held to account for doing the wrong thing.
All labour hire providers operating in Queensland need to be licensed under the scheme – including those based interstate or overseas who supply workers in Queensland.
Until now, Labour hire had been largely unregulated, and the laws follow numerous complaints about what Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace describes as ‘rogue operators with scant regard for their obligations to employees.’
“In the past there have been cases of workers being underpaid or unpaid, being sexually harassed, forced to work ridiculously long hours, housed in crowded, sub-standard accommodation, or exposed to serious risks to their safety.”
Under the laws to obtain a licence, a labour hire provider must demonstrate that they are fit and proper to provide these services, can comply with relevant state and Commonwealth laws and that their business is financially viable.
Existing labour hire providers have until 15 June 2018 to apply for a licence and can continue to operate while their application is being processed.
A newly formed Labour Hire Licensing Compliance Unit will be responsible for regulating and ensuring compliance with the scheme.
For more information on the Queensland’s Labour Hire Licensing Scheme go to www.labourhire.qld.gov.au