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Important information

The information currently on this website is based on the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018 and provides broad details of the labour hire licensing scheme.

The Act is supplemented by Regulations dealing with a range of matters, including the coverage of the licensing scheme. The Labour Hire Licensing Regulations 2018 were made on 23 October 2018.

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Labour Hire Licensing Authority

Mr Steve Dargavel is the Labour Hire Licensing Commissioner, and commenced the role on 1 October 2018.

The Labour Hire Licensing Authority will be responsible for implementing the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018. The Act introduces a licensing scheme for providers of labour hire across all industry sectors.

The scheme was established in response to the Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work which uncovered widespread abuse and exploitation of labour hire workers across Victoria.

The key elements of the licensing scheme are as follows:

  • labour hire providers must be licensed to operate in Victoria
  • those who use labour hire providers must only engage licensed providers
  • labour hire providers must report annually on their labour hire activities.

The Labour Hire Licensing Authority will be responsible for licensing labour hire providers and undertaking education, enforcement and compliance activity. Workers will be protected against exploitation from unlicensed labour hire providers and host employers not engaging licensed providers.

The scheme seeks to achieve a level playing field, such that reputable labour providers do not face unfair competition from unscrupulous operators, and labour hire workers are not subject to exploitation.

The scheme will commence in 2019 at a date to be confirmed, and the information on this website will be updated regularly. Providers and hosts will be given sufficient notice of the commencement of obligations, and information sessions will be held on the labour hire licensing scheme in 2019. Once the scheme commences, providers will have six months to lodge an application for a licence.

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