Labour Hire License Scheme comes to Queensland
The Queensland Government's Labour Hire Scheme started this week, requiring labour hire businesses to register to be licensed to continue lawfully operating in Queensland.
What do I need to do?
To apply for a license, go to https://ols.oir.qld.gov.au/register-account/
The Queensland Government has allowed for up to 60 days from 16 April 2018 for labour hire firms to lodge their applications. We recommend you start pulling your application together today, as disclosure requirements to obtain the license may be extensive.
To obtain a license, you must be able to demonstrate 3 essential principles:
- you are a fit and proper person;
- financial viability of your enterprise; and
- compliance with laws and obligations associated with labour hire providers'
The license attracts a yearly application and renewal fee based upon the total amount of wages or salaries paid during the last financial year:
|Total wages paid in the financial preceding the day the application is made||Tier||License Fee|
|$1.5 million or less||1||$1,000|
|$1.5 million and up to $5 million||2||$3,000|
|Over $5 million||3||$5,000|
There are some important sections detailed in the regulations which you need to be aware of about reporting and record keeping. Records must be kept in an orderly fashion and if digital, they must be backed up monthly. Not complying with regulations will attract a monetary penalty.
Where do I find more information?
If you are a labour hire firm, use a labour hire firm or are a labour hire worker, go to https://www.labourhire.qld.gov.au/ to make sure you know your obligations.
What should I do now?
- subscribe to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive updates about the licensing process to have your application ready by 15 June 2018
- implement a system where necessary information for periodic reporting is accessible
If you come across any issues in the process of applying and complying with this new scheme, contact CCIQ's Advocacy team.