The Queensland Government will introduce mandatory licensing of labour hire companies in a bid to crack-down on rogue operators exploiting and mistreating vulnerable workers.
Under the proposed mandatory licensing scheme, all labour hire providers operating in Queensland would need to:
- pass a fit-and-proper person test
- comply with strict workplace laws, including workers’ compensation, wages and superannuation
- pay a license fee;
- report regularly on their operations; and
- divulge the number of employees they have engaged, along with the number of employees engaged through work visa arrangements
The proposed new laws will be backed by stiff penalties and some offenders will be liable for criminal prosecution. A compliance unit will also be established to check licence holders for continued compliance with their licence conditions, and investigate complaints.
Legislation to give effect to mandatory labour hire licensing will be introduced in May, with the scheme expected to be up and running in 2018.