The Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 was introduced by the Hon Grace Grace, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs on 25 May 2017. Minister’s Introduction speech
The Bill was passed by the Queensland Parliament on 7 September 2017. Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 and Explanatory Notes.
The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 establishes a mandatory labour hire licensing scheme to protect labour hire workers and safeguard those labour hire providers that are ethical and responsible. Key features of the Bill include:
- labour hire providers to be licensed to operate in Queensland
- persons who engage labour hire providers to only engage only licensed providers
- labour hire licensees to satisfy fit and proper person test to establish that they are capable of providing labour hire services in compliance with all relevant laws and that the labour hire business is financially viability
- licensees to report regularly on labour hire and associated activities including accommodation, and in relation to compliance with relevant laws
- strong penalties for breach of obligations
- establishing a labour hire licensing compliance unit with a field services inspectorate with responsibility for awareness, monitoring and enforcement functions.
Refer to Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
A labour hire licensing website will be published to provide information about the scheme and employment rights and obligations for labour hire providers, users of labour hire and workers. Labour hire providers will also be able to apply for a licence and provide their reports online. Users of labour hire and workers will be able search a register of licensed labour hire providers so that they can verify that they are dealing with legitimate businesses. Complaints or concerns about a labour hire provider or labour hire arrangement can also be lodged through the website or by directly contacting the labour hire licensing compliance unit.
The Queensland labour hire licensing scheme is expected to be up and running in 2018.