Queensland Labour-Hire Licensing Scheme: What you need to know

29 March 2018

Cristian Ulloa , National Leader, People Advisory |

This new legislation is set to protect workers from exploitation by providers of labour-hire, by introducing a new licensing scheme (Scheme). The Scheme will require labour-hire providers to apply for a licence within 60 days of the commencement of the Act. If labour-hire is provided without a licence, significant financial penalties may be imposed in addition to a maximum 3 year term of imprisonment for individuals. Any non-compliance with the Scheme will impede the prospects of being granted a licence, or having a licence renewed in the future. 

Businesses that provide labour-hire and organisations that rely on labour-hire will be significantly impacted. Nominated officers of a labour-hire provider should fully understand their obligations and reporting responsibilities under the new Scheme. To obtain a licence, labour-hire providers will be required to submit an application and pay an annual registration fee. 

Things you need to know

  1. Labour-hire providers must be licensed to operate in Queensland 
  2. If you engage labour-hire providers, you must only engage licensed providers 
  3. Entities providing labour-hire must provide six-monthly reports on its activities
  4. There is still time to prepare and seek assistance on how this new Scheme applies to your business now, and into the future.

Register for assistance

Don’t risk of exposing yourself to significant financial and reputational damage from Monday 16 April. In the event you are unclear how the new Scheme impacts you, what steps you need to take, or would simply like to better understand the Scheme, BDO & Gadens can assist. 

We are offering you a complimentary one-hour meeting to help guide you with your registration process or to answer any questions you might have regarding compliance with the Scheme.

If you have any questions about the new Scheme, or would like to set up a meeting please contact Cristian Ulloa or Jonathon Hadley.