We are fast approaching the third anniversary of the LHA’s establishment. Despite the many challenges posed by the global pandemic, I am proud of the work our team has achieved in this time.
Sham contracting is an arrangement where an employer attempts to disguise an employment relationship as an independent contracting arrangement. It is consistently identified as one of the most commonly used illegal practices in the labour hire and other industries.
The LHA and our regulatory partners have recommenced information sessions and site visits, starting with horticulture businesses in the Yarra Valley region. Here’s what you need to know about site inspections and upcoming information sessions.
The end of year holiday period was quite busy for the LHA. We received quite a few enquiries concerning whether commercial cleaners are required to hold a labour hire licence.
Nominated officers can now submit a request to add or remove a relevant person to a licenced provider directly from their LHLO portal.
Australia’s horticulture sector has been in the news in recent months and is an ongoing compliance focus for the LHA. We use a range of sources to receive intelligence on worker mistreatment and exploitation, work with other regulators, and take strong compliance actions where serious non-compliance is found.
The LHA cancelled 14 labour hire licences over two days this week for failure to comply with licence conditions. Labour Hire Licensing Commissioner Steve Dargavel says other providers can easily avoid this fate and contribute to a level playing field.
The Labour Hire Authority (LHA) has cancelled the labour hire licence of a horticulture provider after a known drug trafficker - who was previously refused a labour hire licence in Victoria - became a director of the company.
Yarra Valley growers are being given the opportunity to refresh their knowledge on workplace health and safety as their harvest season moves into full swing.