A new licensing regime for labour hire providers in Victoria has come into effect.

Put simple, the new licensing requirements apply to labour hire providers who supply labour (or workers) in exchange for a fee. Changes introduced by the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018 (Vic) include the following:

  • A requirement that labour hire providers obtain a license (subject to being able to demonstrate that their business and key personnel are “fit and proper persons” and are compliant with workplace laws);
  • A requirement that host businesses only use licensed labour hire providers;
  • The establishment of a publically accessible register of licensed providers;
  • The establishment of a licensing authority charged with monitoring and investigating license compliance; and
  • Civil and criminal penalties for labour hire providers who do not have, or for host businesses who have entered into labour hire arrangements with providers who do not have, a license.