Victoria is following suit of Queensland in adopting the labour hire licencing scheme.
Labour hire businesses must now apply for a licence to operate in Victoria. The scheme commenced on 29th April 2019 giving labour hire providers 6-months (until 29th October) to apply for the licence. From 30 October 2019, substantial penalties will apply to labour hire providers who don’t have a licence or a licence application pending and businesses that use unlicensed providers.
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Are you asking yourself – Do I need to register for a Labour Hire Licence in QLD or does SDP? Simple answer – we both do.
The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 – the mandatory licensing scheme for all labour hire providers operating in Queensland. Users of labour hire services can only use a licensed labour hire provider.
You must register by 15th June 2018 – go to the licencing website at https://www.labourhire.qld.gov.au the application takes about 15-20 minutes.
To apply for a licence, you will need to register to create an account and provide:
- the applicants’ or authorised delegates’ contact details. For authorised delegates, a signed authorisation form must be retained by the business and produced if required by the Office of Industrial Relations
- business details including ABN, entity name and trading name.
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Over the past year, Australia’s freelance market saw a surge of 370,000 workers – with a third of the national workforce now participating in contingent work.
A study by Upwork, an online freelancing platform found that 4.1 million people in Australia have done some form of freelance work in the past year.