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Don’t take unnecessary risks when sourcing your on-demand workforce

18-02-2021    By  Mark Williams, Managing Principal, First Contact  

Appointing the wrong workplace operations provider could cost you a $500,000 fine.  How to do some simple due diligence. 

 

Securing well-trained and highly experienced workplace operations people from a specialist provider is an excellent way to create that positive first impression.  But, select the wrong service provider and it could cost you a fine more than half a million dollars.

Why

To better protect workers from exploitation and improve the integrity and transparency of the labour hire sector, Queensland, Victoria, and South Australia have each set up a labour hire licensing scheme. 

What’s the risk

In Victoria, engaging someone who is not licenced under the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018 to supply labour can cost an individual 800 penalty units ($128,952) or a corporation 3,200 penalty units ($515,808). 

What you can do

Ask your supplier to provide you a copy of their licence or check on the relevant website.  In Victoria, the website is https://labourhireauthority.vic.gov.au/

What you should not do

You should not take legal advice from us.  We are licenced to supply labour, but not qualified to provide legal advice.  Beyond this simple due diligence, you should seek qualified legal advice for your specific circumstances. 

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