When do I have to start using licensed labour hire providers?
From 16 April 2018, all labour hire providers must ensure they have a licence to provide labour.
You can check if a labour hire provider has a licence by checking the labour hire register. You can also check whether a labour hire provider has made an application by viewing the pending applications list. However, please note that you cannot use a labour hire provider who has only made an application – they must hold a current licence.
If you continue to use a labour hire provider whose application has been refused you may be penalised for using an unlicensed provider.
Find a licensed labour hire provider
You can find a licensed labour hire provider by searching the labour hire register. You can also search the pending applications list to check if a labour hire provider has applied for a licence. However, please note that you cannot use a labour hire provider who has only made an application – they must hold a current licence.
a business using an unlicensed labour hire provider
a labour hire provider not complying with relevant State and Commonwealth laws.
Inspectors may enter the workplace of a users of labour hire to check compliance of labour hire providers . Inspectors will generally try to provide notice before entering a workplace and will ensure inspections place minimal interruption to the business. In some circumstances it may be necessary to enter workplaces without notice.
Failing to comply with inspectors' requirements can result in penalties.