The Victorian Government has announced that the licensing requirements under the Victorian Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018 will commence in 2019 although the precise date has not been announced The Act itself was passed by the Victorian Parliament on 20 June 2018 and whilst certain provisions came into effect on 27 June 2018, these provisions only relate to the establishing of the Victorian Labour Hire Licensing Authority and other related provisions.

On 23 October 2018, the Victorian Government made the Labour Hire Licensing Regulations 2018 (Vic). The Regulations clarify some aspects of the coverage of the Victorian labour hire licensing scheme as well as addressing various other issues of detail relating to the scheme. Meanwhile, the Victorian Government has appointed former AMWU Victorian State Secretary, Steve Dargavel, as Labour Hire Licensing Commissioner.

On 7 September 2018, Ai Group lodged a submission in response to an exposure draft of the Regulations. Disappointingly, the Regulations that have been made fail to provide all of the necessary exclusions from the coverage to avoid disturbing numerous business to business services that are not legitimately regarded as being ‘labour hire’.

If you would like more information about labour hire licensing in Vitoria please contact Ai Group’s Workplace Advice Service on 1300 55 66 77.

Alternatively, if you would like advice about the application of labour hire licensing schemes to your employees nationally, please contact your local employment, workplace and industrial lawyer in Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Adelaide, Melbourne or Brisbane or email Ai Group Workplace Lawyers at

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