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Labour Hire – New Laws

Commencing 1 March 2018, all businesses must hold a labour hire licence if they:

  • supply workers to another person; and
  • make a payment to the worker – either to cover wages or a part payment (e.g. to cover accommodation costs or a meal allowance).  

Online licence applications will be available from 1 March 2018 and can be lodged with Consumer and Business Services (CBS).

To allow industry time to prepare for the new requirements, labour hire providers will have until 1 September 2018 to be licensed. From 1 September 2018 there will be penalties for anyone who operates without a licence and penalties for employers that use unlicensed labour hire companies. The maximum penalty for either offence is $400,000 for a company, or $140,000 or 3 years imprisonment for an individual.

Please visit the Labour hire licence webpage for more information or contact CBS via or phone (08) 8204 8512. The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 is available at