Visit LHA at the upcoming ISSA Cleaning and Hygiene Expo

18 October 2023
Visit LHA at the upcoming ISSA Cleaning and Hygiene Expo

The Labour Hire Authority (LHA) will have a significant presence at the annual ISSA Cleaning and Hygiene Expo in Melbourne in early November.

LHA will have a booth at the expo, with information and resources for labour hire providers, hosts and workers.

Labour Hire Licensing Commissioner, Steve Dargavel will also be a featured speaker on the first day, presenting on Licensing obligations for cleaners of commercial premises, as part of the Expo’s education program.

Commissioner Dargavel will speak on how businesses can ensure compliance with their obligations, as well as an opportunity to hear about the work LHA is doing to create a fairer and transparent labour hire industry.

On the second day of the Expo, the Facility Management Association of Australia (FMA) are hosting a Complying with Labour Legislation breakfast and panel discussion. Commissioner Dargavel will be on the panel to discuss the risk to businesses of not complying with their licensing obligations, and the impacts on the facilities management industry.

Learn more about the Expo on ISSA's event website.

LHA’s campaign for new commercial cleaning businesses

Commercial cleaning businesses generally require a labour hire licence, subject to limited exceptions. Host businesses should only use licensed labour hire providers for commercial cleaning services.

Any commercial cleaners operating or advertising without a licence can risk penalties exceeding $600,000 for businesses and $150,000 for individuals.

LHA’s presence at the ISSA Cleaning and Hygiene Expo is part of its ongoing campaign in the commercial cleaning industry. LHA actively contacts new commercial cleaning businesses – when they obtain an Australian Business Number (ABN) or register for GST – to prompt them to consider their obligations and seek appropriate advice around licensing.

LHA is also working directly with accountants to ensure they inform their commercial cleaning clients of the obligation to obtain a labour hire licence.

This proactive engagement supports businesses and their advisers to reduce risks around non-compliance, including penalties or business disruption, and gives businesses every opportunity to start off on the right foot.

Some businesses may not require a labour hire licence – you can read more about the requirement for commercial cleaning businesses to hold a licence, and where exemptions apply, on the LHA website.