Licensed Recruiters? – Whatever next?

Following the lead of Queensland, Victoria’s Labour Hire Licensing applications, for “On Hire Labour Providers” (that’s Temp and Contract recruiters) are now open, as of Monday 29th April 2019. This is modelled on a similar and effective framework in the UK which has helped to reduce the impact of exploitative labour hire providers.

The scheme was established in response to the “Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work”, because it was discovered that there was widespread exploitation of labour hire workers, especially in particular industries. Labour hire workers will be protected against exploitation by the enforcement of this licensing scheme.

How will all of this affect Rusher Rogers, its Clients and its Temps? – Well not much really but there are a few positives:

Firstly, the areas that Rusher Rogers provides Temps for is not under scrutiny for the exploitation of workers. Indeed, we have been providing Temps and Contractors since 1996 and have always complied with all wage and conditions legislation. So, there won’t be any noticeable changes to our Temp supply processes for either Clients or Candidates. However, we are applying for a Victorian licence to ensure that we will be able to continue to provide our Temps for as long as our Clients need them.

What it does mean though is that after October of this year every on-hire agency must have a Victorian Labour Hire Licence to be able to provide even one Temp in Victoria. This is regardless of whether their offices are in Victoria or not.

The licence will ensure that all on-hire agencies operating in Victoria will be compliant with all regulations around the provision of on-hire labour for everything from an Office Temp for a day to an IT Consultant on contract for a year or more. It’s what we’ve been doing for over twenty years anyway.

Our take on all this is that we are pleased to see the introduction of a Victorian Labour Hire Licence system. However, it is a shame that a national system could not be put into place as each state will have slightly different criteria to comply with as well as separate licencing fees.

Additionally, our advice to both Clients and Candidates is as follows:  From October onwards, be sure to ask the on-hire agency if they are licenced to provide Temps and Contractors in Victoria. Once the scheme commences, The Labour Hire Authority will keep a Register of Licensed Hire Providers so that Temps and Contractors as well as Clients, will be able to check the list for confirmation of a license.

This way you will be sure that everything is regulated and that all awards and conditions for Temps are being adhered to regardless of the industry… just like Rusher Rogers has always done. And it will weed out any agencies that might try to fly under the radar and continue to provide Temp without a licence.

More information about the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018 can be found here.

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