The new labour hire licensing laws will start on 16th April 2018. These new laws will potentially affect many businesses in Central Queensland. Labour hire providers will have until Friday 15 June, 2018 to lodge an application for a licence.
Queensland businesses, who in the course of their business, who supply workers to another business (labour hire providers) to do work will be affected, unless specifically exempted by the Act.
Likewise, Queensland businesses who use labour hire workers to do work for them that is considered labour hire services under the Act, will need to ensure they are using a licensed provider.
From 16 April 2018, licences can be applied for online, at a cost of between $1,000 and $5,000 depending on the size of the provider. Licensees are required to satisfy fit and proper person test to ensure they will be providing labour hire services in compliance with all relevant laws.
Once a business is recognised as a labour hire provider they will need to provide a regular report via the labour hire licensing website every 6 months. The report will outline labour hire and associated activities during the period including accommodation and details in relation to compliance with relevant laws, including Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld).
There will be strong penalties for breaching obligations for both providers and labour hire users. The Queensland Government will employ inspectors to inspect and audit labour hire providers.
The scheme has been introduced to protect labour hire workers from exploitation and to promote the integrity of the labour hire industry. It requires licensees to comply with relevant laws.
Despite the fact this law is coming into effect in less than 2 weeks, the labour hire licensing website is yet to go live, the website promises to provide full details about the scheme and a link to apply the licence and complete reports. We will provide further information as it becomes available.
Further Questions and Answers can be found on the Queensland Treasury website here: https://www.treasury.qld.gov.au/fair-and-safe-work/industrial-relations/regulation-labour-hire-industry/questions-and-answers/