Welcome to the June 2023 edition of LHA News.
Some recent cases have highlighted the importance of LHA’s work to improve the integrity and transparency of the labour hire industry – in this month’s edition, we look at:
- an alleged bribe offered when LHA was investigating a licence application
- a licence application LHA refused for providing false or misleading information
- two licensees where LHA imposed conditions – to guard against sham contracting and to improve transparency and responsibility in complex supply chains.
We use a range of data and information to identify and address non-compliance with legal obligations. One important source of intelligence is our Report a Problem system, which is open to anyone. In this month’s edition, we look at what factors help a report to support an effective LHA investigation.
I’ve mentioned in previous editions of LHA News the importance of renewing your licence early, and we’ve seen a good response from providers. However, we’ve recently seen a number of providers attempting to renew on or after their licence expiry date.
A reminder that renewal applications must be submitted with payment via the LHLO Portal by the day before your licence expiry date. We send regular reminders, but be sure to check and apply early – you will be unable to advertise or provide labour hire services in Victoria if your licence expires.
Labour Hire Licensing Commissioner
In this issue
- Licence applications refused and an alleged bribe offered
- Sham contracting – Independent contractors raise red flags
- Reducing harmful risks in complex security supply chains
- Reporting a problem – how to report non-compliance to LHA
- National labour hire licensing update
- Supporting compliance by engaging hosts directly
In May 2023:
- 160 licence applications submitted
- 84 licences granted
- 568 licence renewals granted
- 104 licences refused or cancelled
- The LHLO Portal will be offline for scheduled maintenance from 4:00am to 7:00pm on Sunday 4 June.
- The Victorian Government has introduced a support service for gig workers in the ride share and food delivery, disability support and aged care sectors.
- From 1 July 2023, the Victorian Government’s new child employment laws will come into effect, including a new licensing system.