Are you a business, that has your own staff but need help getting a project over the line? With labour hire being the obvious solution to give your job the push it needs, you need to make sure it does not end up costing you more than potential delays. Use a registered and licenced labour hire provider to ensure you are making ethical and compliant decisions.
Below is an extract from https://labourhireauthority.vic.gov.au/ helping you to understand this authority and its purpose.
The Labour Hire Authority is responsible for implementing the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018. The Act introduced a licensing scheme for providers of labour hire across all industry sectors.
The scheme was established in response to the Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work which uncovered widespread abuse and exploitation of labour hire workers across Victoria.
The key elements of the licensing scheme are as follows:
- labour hire providers must be licensed to operate in Victoria
- those who use labour hire providers must only engage licensed providers
- labour hire providers must report annually on their labour hire activities.
The Labour Hire Authority is responsible for licensing labour hire providers and undertaking education, enforcement, and compliance activity. Workers will be protected against exploitation from unlicensed labour hire providers and host employers not engaging licensed providers.
The scheme seeks to achieve a level playing field, such that reputable labour providers do not face unfair competition from unscrupulous operators, and labour hire workers are not subject to exploitation.
Hosts who enter into an arrangement after 29 October 2019 with a labour hire provider who has not applied for, or who has been refused a labour hire licence face substantial fines ranging from a maximum penalties exceeding $120,000 for a natural person and $500,000 for a corporation.
This Authority has been introduced to safeguard staff and clients alike from sham contracting, ensuring honesty with clients and ethical dealings with staff. It is continuing to protect the many individuals who work within this industry category and do not have employer support or receive the remuneration they are entitled too.
Workers basic rights are a non-negotiable and should not be in question- but many are when they are working for a non-registered host. We are all responsible for choosing the sustainable and compliant option and now, with the support of the Act and authority we can make an educated and ethical choice. To see if the business you usually use is registered follow this link:
ML&H Services Pty Ltd are an existing certified Labour Hire Provider, Licence number- VICLHL04354. We have a team of qualified, professional, competent and safety driven individuals ready to help your business when needed.
ML&H Services pride themselves on being transparent and ethical in all dealings, and workers entitlements are no exception.
Ensure your choices don’t cost more than a delayed project, engaged a certified professional to assist.