Welcome to the final edition of Labour Hire Authority News for 2022.
Last week we saw the largest penalty in Australian history for breaking labour hire law issued by the Supreme Court of Victoria, following a successful prosecution by the Labour Hire Authority (LHA).
The Court fined Ung Services Pty Ltd and its director, Nico Keat, a total of $483,428 for failing to notify LHA that he had become a director of the company, when he was not a fit and proper person.
Mr Keat’s criminal history rendered him not fit and proper to hold a licence. Despite this, he knowingly became a director of Ung Services and deliberately failed to notify LHA. Read more about the case in the first article of this edition.
LHA is getting ready for a big 2023 – you can read more about our upcoming compliance focus and planning for industry engagement in this edition. Work in the commercial cleaning industry is already underway, and we’ve recently been meeting with providers and hosts to ensure they are aware of their obligations ahead of the significant compliance program planned for next year.
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All the best for the festive season; I look forward to keeping in touch in the New Year.
Labour Hire Licensing Commissioner
In October and November 2022:
- 213 licence applications were submitted
- 187 licences were granted
- 30 licences were refused or cancelled by LHA
In this issue
- Dishonesty costs labour hire provider over $480,000
- LHA in 2023 – compliance focus and engagement opportunities
- Are you a host or provider in commercial cleaning?
- New agriculture and horticulture program – ‘Smarter, Safer Farms’
- Changes to hosts’ duties under the OHS Act to labour hire workers
- Case study – Equipping providers with the tools to comply