In April last year, Queensland introduced new Labour Hire Licencing legislation. The goal was to regulate the industry and highlight good, compliant operators.
Victoria and South Australia are now following suit with their own licencing schemes. In Victoria, this came into effect from the 29th of April and all applications are due by the 30th of October. South Australia – on hold since last year, is also now accepting applications up until 31st of August.
You might wonder why these changes are necessary – there are consistent behaviours by rogue operators that have bought about these changes.
In a recent ABC piece, it’s revealed that some foreign workers are “bonded like slaves” to labour hire contractors.
“We have had cases where [workers]are driven to their accommodation via ATMs and asked to provide money in advance for bond, transport and accommodation costs.”
“We saw backpackers being lured to regional centres by dodgy labour hire operators, treating them poorly, bullying and sexually harassing them and ripping them off to the tune of hundreds — and sometimes thousands — of dollars per person.”
For example, a Mildura labour hire operator was recently convicted after he kept more than $664,000 in tax from 49 employees to the ATO.
This operator also arranged for more than 136 false income tax returns on behalf the employees.
Like many Labour Hire companies, we welcome the changes – our reputation with both Clients & Workers is important to us.
Labour Solutions Australia Is A Responsible Employer
LSA are ISO 9001 and AS/NZS 4801 certified. This process involves multiple audits around Quality Management and Occupational Health & Safety Management.
We are a Licenced Labour Hire Provider in Queensland and have pending applications in Victoria and South Australia. In addition, we are StaffSure Accredited – StaffSure is a certification scheme which makes it simple for business, government and workers to find and partner with reputable Workforce Service Providers.
When you choose Labour Solutions Australia, you’re choosing to work with a trusted Labour Hire company with a 15 year track record.