DO YOU HAVE A LICENCE FOR LABOUR HIRE BUSINESS?

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YOU HAVE TO APPLY FOR IT BETWEEN 16TH APRIL 2018 AND 15TH JUNE 2018

A mandatory labour hire licensing scheme to protect labour hire workers from exploitation and promote the integrity of the labour hire industry has been introduced under the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 (the Act), supported by the Labour Hire Licensing Regulation 2018 (the Regulation), which commenced on 16th April 2018 in Queensland.

Key features of the Act include:

1.    Labour hire providers (contractors) must have a licence to operate in Queensland, which licence has to be renewed annually;

2.    Persons who engage labour hire providers must only engage (use) licensed providers;

3.    Labour hire licensees must satisfy a fit and proper person test to establish that they are appropriate persons to provide labour hire services;

4.    The labour hire business has to show that it is financially viable (for example, capable of paying workers on time and meeting other obligations including taxation, superannuation and Work Cover);

5.    Licensees has to report on their business activities every six – monthly;

6.    Strong penalties for breach of obligations; and

7.    Establishing a labour hire licensing compliance unit with field services inspectors with responsibility to foster awareness, monitoring and enforcement functions.

The Regulation provides detailed information how the Act will operate and who will be responsible and reporting requirements.

The State government website www.labourhire.qld.gov.au provides a variety of information for the scheme, labour hire providers, workers and users of labour hire.

If you have any query in relation to the new licensing scheme, please let us assist you with the least amount of trouble.


Tony Kim is in our commercial & property law team. He was admitted in 2004 and has practiced law in various environments – rural, urban, domestic and international – which enable him to provide practical and result oriented advice. Tony has a keen interest in the area of property, especially property developments – small and large. He has been involved in a number of projects as well as his own property ventures, and knows the A-Z about this area. Tony is fluent in Korean and has a NAATI accredited professional translator qualification.  Should you require any assistance in commercial and property law, contact our team at Stephens & Tozer.

27 April 2018

Category: All / Commercial / Employment Law