The Victorian Minister for Industrial Relations, The Hon Natalie Hutchins MP, has announced an Inquiry into the labour hire industry and insecure work in Victoria.

The Inquiry will investigate the practices of labour hire companies, insecure work, sham contracting and the abuse of visas to avoid workplace law undermine minimum employment standards. Professor Anthony Forsythe from RMIT University Graduate School of Business and Law will chair the inquiry.

The Inquiry's terms of reference are quite wide-ranging and the Minister's announcement indicates that the inquiry may lead to consideration of options, such as a licensing system enabling accredited labour hire agencies to provide third party labour.

The Minister's announcement indicates that the Inquiry will release a background paper in coming weeks and call for submissions related to the terms of reference from interested parties. The Inquiry will also hold public meetings in regional and metropolitan areas.

The Inquiry is due to deliver its final report by 31 July 2016.

The Inquiry is likely to be of particular interest to many organisations, particularly those who use on-hire labour or who conduct an on-hire labour business.