Users of labour hire must only engage licensed providers. The scheme helps users of labour hire and workers find a licensed labour hire provider through a register. There are strong penalties for operating without a licence and for using an unlicensed provider.
Who is a labour hire provider?
A labour hire provider is a person who, as part of carrying on a business, supplies labour hire workers to do work for another person or business (the labour hire user).
Examples of labour hire providers include:
a contractor who supplies workers to a farmer or fruit grower to pick produce for the farmer or grower
a group training organisation or principal employer organisation that supplies an apprentice or trainee to a host employer
an employment agency that on-hires temporary administration staff to a business.
Further information for labour hire providers, including who needs to apply for a licence and obligations under the scheme, is available on the I provide labour hire page.
Any person or business who engages a labour hire provider to supply them with workers is a labour hire user. This includes engaging an intermediary to engage a labour hire provider to supply workers. In this instance, both the person who engages the intermediary and the intermediary are users of labour hire.
Other terms which might indicate a user of labour hire services include 'host employer' and 'client'.
If you have a worker or workers doing work for you or in your business that you do not directly employ, you should carefully consider if these arrangements are labour hire.
Further information for labour hire users, including obligations under the scheme, is available on the I use labour hire providers page.
How do I find out if a labour hire provider is licensed?
The register of licensees lists licensed labour hire providers. You can search for a labour hire provider by:
You can print a verification of labour hire licence through the register of labour hire licences page.