LABOUR HIRE LICENSING
Are you using a licensed labour hire agency?
Labour hire agencies now have to be licensed to prevent the exploitation of workers.
Businesses who engage unlicensed agencies can be fined up to $500,000.
Best Match Recruitment is a licensed labour hire agency having undergone a rigorous approval process. Our licence number is: VICLHL01666 and details can be viewed here. There is no change to the way we do business as we were deemed to already be adhering to the highest standard of service and best practice but, as an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure you are only engaging agencies that have been licensed or you could face financial penalties.
The Labour Hire Authority 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 as follows:
- 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 employers 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.
For further information regarding the Victorian Labour Hire Licensing Scheme please visit the LHA Website or call our office on (03) 5622 0986 to discuss any concerns with our management team.