Record penalty of $617,916 for unlicensed horticulture provider / Meat processing industry in focus / Victoria and Queensland regulator collaboration
The Court found the company was unlicensed when it supplied workers to horticulture businesses in Koo Wee Rup, Rosebud, Torquay and Devon Meadows.
The campaign covers digital, social media, radio and press channels, and will be translated into a range of languages.
The meat processing industry will be a focus of Labour Hire Authority (LHA) engagement and compliance activities this summer.
Recent high-profile prosecutions show impact of licensing laws and interstate collaboration.
Correctly classifying workers helps to ensure businesses are paying the correct entitlements.
LHA has engaged extensively with the labour hire industry in 2023, travelling thousands of kilometres and talking to hundreds of providers, hosts and stakeholders.
A total penalty of $264,352 has been issued to a Victorian company and its director for engaging seven unlicensed labour hire providers to source workers for orchards in the Cobram area.
An unlicensed labour hire company has been issued a total penalty of $617,916 – the highest in Australian history for breaches of labour hire law.