Labour Hire Licence
The Labour Hire Authority is an independent statutory authority responsible for licensing and regulating labour hire services in Victoria. The Labour Hire Authority (LHA) is responsible for implementing the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018. The Act introduced a licensing scheme for providers of labour hire across all industry sectors. The scheme was established in response to the Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work, which uncovered widespread abuse and exploitation of labour hire workers across Victoria.
The key elements of the licensing scheme are:
- labour hire providers must be licensed to operate in Victoria
- those who use labour hire providers must only engage licensed providers
- labour hire providers must report annually on their labour hire activities.
The Labour Hire Authority is responsible for licensing labour hire providers and undertaking education, enforcement, and compliance activity. Workers will be protected against exploitation from unlicensed labour hire providers and host businesses not engaging licensed providers.
The scheme seeks to achieve a level playing field, such that reputable labour providers do not face unfair competition from unscrupulous operators, and labour hire workers are not subject to exploitation. Licences are obtained from the Labour Hire Licencing Authority and are granted for a period of three years.
GBS Recruitment was granted its Labour Hire License (License number: VICLHL01242) in October 2019 at the commencement of the program. Our current license is valid until October 25, 2025. GBS Recruitment Pty Ltd, as the License Holder, is authorised to provide labour hire services in line with the conditions specified in the Act.
To obtain this licence, GBS Recruitment was required to pass a “fit and proper person test” and show compliance with workplace laws, labour hire laws and minimum accommodation standards. We are also required to report annually on our activities and there are financial penalties for non-compliance to both recruitment organisations, and businesses who engage labour hire without a licence or via non licenced entities.
Whilst the new licencing scheme is an interesting new regulatory development in the Recruitment industry, for GBS Recruitment, our clients and candidates, its business as usual, as we continue to provide quality labour hire and recruitment services across Gippsland and beyond.