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Regulation of the labour hire industry in Queensland

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Queensland will establish a mandatory labour hire licensing scheme from 16 April 2018 to protect labour hire workers and safeguard labour hire providers that are ethical and responsible.

Under the scheme, all labour hire providers operating in Queensland will need to be licensed, involving:

  • passing a fit-and-proper person test
  • complying with workplace laws, including workers’ compensation, wages and superannuation
  • paying a licence fee
  • reporting regularly on their operations.

The scheme will be backed by stiff penalties and some offenders will be liable for criminal prosecution.

A new labour hire licensing website will be published early in 2018, to provide information about the scheme and rights and obligations for labour hire providers, users of labour hire and workers. Labour hire providers will be able to apply for or renew their licence, complete reports and pay fees via the website; users of labour hire and workers will be able check that a provider is licensed, lodge complaints and view compliance reports.

Find out more, read the frequently asked questions, or register for updates on the development of the scheme and subordinate legislation.

Last updated
10 January 2018