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Fit and proper person

Before a labour hire licence can be granted, the Chief Executive must be satisfied that the relevant people are fit and proper to provide labour hire services.

Who needs to be a fit and proper person?

People that need to be fit and proper are:

  • each applicant
  • each proposed nominated officer
  • each executive officer (if the applicant is a corporation).

For partnerships, all partners are applicants and must be fit and proper.

How to establish fitness and propriety

Each of the relevant people will have to declare that they are a fit and proper person to provide labour hire service. A signed copy of the relevant person's declaration must be kept.

To establish if the relevant person is fit and proper the Chief Executive may consider if the person:

  • has been convicted of any serious criminal offences
  • has been convicted of an offence under a relevant law in the past five years
  • has, in the past five years, applied for, or held, a Queensland or interstate labour hire licence that has been refused, suspended, cancelled, had a condition imposed, or disciplinary action taken against
  • has, in the last five years, had applied for, or held, a statutory licence, accreditation or authority to carry out a business or practice in an occupation that has been refused, suspended, cancelled, a condition imposed or disciplinary action taken
  • has been cautioned, suspended, cancelled or refused by a professional or industry body.
  • has been insolvent or disqualified from managing corporations under the Corporations Act 2001
  • has been an executive officer of a corporation while it was placed into administration, receivership or liquidation
  • is under the control of, or substantially influenced by another person who is not a fit and proper person to provide labour hire services.

The Chief Executive may also make an inquiry about an applicant's criminal history for the purposes of determining whether they are a fit and proper person.

The Chief Executive will consider all relevant factors in deciding if the person is fit and proper. Each case is considered individually, taking into account the seriousness of, and circumstance surrounding the matter in question. The Chief Executive will consider the explanation offered, the relevance of any conviction, rehabilitation and evidence that the matter will not reoccur.

Serious criminal offences

Serious criminal offence means an offence that is punishable on conviction by imprisonment of two years or more (an indictable offence) and involving any of the following:

  • intentional use of violence towards another person
  • causing of death or injury to a person
  • endangerment of the life or health of a person
  • rape or sexual assault of a person
  • indecent treatment of a child
  • child pornography
  • the abduction, kidnapping or deprivation of liberty of a person
  • theft of property
  • importing, exporting, trafficking or producing drugs
  • burglary or the unlawful entry of property
  • importation, sale, misuse or concealment of weapons
  • fraud, dishonesty, extortion or bribery
  • damage or destruction of property or the environment
  • breach of the peace or public order
  • hindrance of, or interference with, the administration of law or justice or the conduct of a government entity or public authority.

Serious criminal offences also includes offences of counselling, procuring, or conspiring to commit any of the above that are also punishable on conviction by imprisonment of two years or more.

Phoenix Taskforce

Illegal phoenix activity is when a new company is created to continue the business of an existing company that has been deliberately liquidated to avoid paying taxes, creditors and employee entitlements. Key government agencies are working together through the Phoenix Taskforce to protect public revenue, businesses and employee entitlements by reducing and deterring illegal phoenix activity. If you suspect phoenix behaviour, you can report it:

  • by calling the phoenix hotline on 1800 807 875
  • by email at phoenixhotlinereferrals [at]
  • online.

Examples of relevant laws

A corresponding law is a law of another state, territory or the Commonwealth that provides for the same matter as a relevant Act or a provision of a relevant Act.

Last updated 01 July 2020