RCSA Members will be aware that, on 7 September, the Queensland Parliament passed the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017. This legislation was enacted despite the Queensland Government being very aware of the significant deficiencies such as:
universal coverage of all forms of on-hire, including white-collar and professional occupations, despite no evidence of exploitation amongst those occupations;
significant loopholes which will allow workforce contracting firms to avoid being licensed, despite ongoing evidence of exploitation in the horticulture sector; and
the legislation being made to favour a unions ability to oppose a license being issued where they hold concerns about the suitability of a director or manager to run a ‘labour hire’ firm.
RCSA is continuing to lobby the Queensland Government in relation to the drafting of the Regulations, given they will contain much of the detail.
RCSA CEO, Charles Cameron, was in Brisbane on 18 August meeting with the Department of Industrial Relations.
The saving grace in all of this is that the Queensland Government recognises the virtues of RCSA’s Workforce Services Provider Certification Program (‘StaffSure’) and have committed to recognising it in the Regulations, such that RCSA Members who aquire certification to StaffSure will have greater capacity to streamline the licensing process.