Welcome to the first edition of Labour Hire Authority News for 2022.
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.
By refusing labour hire licence applications and cancelling many other licences, we have successfully prevented unscrupulous companies from exploiting the industry and those workers and businesses who rely on it.
By assessing thousands of labour hire provider licence applications and publishing a register of licensed labour hire providers, we have improved the transparency and integrity of the whole Victorian labour hire industry.
By working with Victorian, interstate and Commonwealth law enforcement agencies to deliver information sessions, share information and undertake inspections, we are amplifying our impact.
This important work creates a fairer system for the ethical providers and hosts so that they do not have to compete with providers who try to gain advantage over their competition by breaking the law.
As we all strive for a greater sense of normalcy, the LHA wants 2022 to set a higher standard for the labour hire industry. Our Compliance and Licensing teams are hitting the ground running, tackling sham contracting and illegal phoenix activity, having already blocked one dishonest director’s second attempt at a licence this year.
We also look forward to another year of working with our partner organisations to identify issues on the front line and work with providers to remedy breaches.
Labour Hire Licensing Commissioner
In December 2021 and January 2022:
- 108 licence applications were submitted
- 178 licences were granted by the LHA
- 66 licences were refused or cancelled by the LHA
In this issue
- Dishonest drug trafficker’s second attempt at labour hire licence thwarted
- Labour Hire Authority to tackle sham contracting in Victoria’s labour hire industry
- Compliance focus – Victoria’s horticulture industry
- Site visits to Victorian horticulture businesses this month
- Compliance with licence conditions essential
- Licensing Q&A – Do commercial cleaners need a labour hire licence?
- A new feature has been added to the LHLO portal