The new Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018 (VIC) is about to come into force and it has significant implications for the construction industry. From 30 October 2019 any labour hire provider must have applied for or be have a labour hire licence to operate in Victoria - applications for licences open from 29th April. This legislation means that anyone who provides contract labour services must be accredited and have background checks.
This does not apply to recruitment activities, but for those who are engagement in providing contract services where an individual or individuals are paid for their work by someone other than the direct employer. A general definition follows:
This is the general definition of labour hire services (section 7 of the LHL Act).
This is an extended definition of labour hire services relating to recruitment and placement services(section 8(1) of the LHL Act).
So what does this mean for the industry? If you engage contractors from a supplier, your only requirement is that you ensure that you are using a licenced provider.
Construction Advisor provides contract labour services including: Project Managers, Estimators, Project Engineers, Legal/Claims, Technical Writers, Market Research and more. We are in the process of submitting our application for accreditation under this legislation.
To read more visit the Labour Hire Authority Website Here.