Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work

In September 2015, the Minister for Industrial Relations, the Hon. Natalie Hutchins MP, announced an inquiry into the labour hire industry and insecure work in Victoria, to investigate the practices of labour hire companies, insecure work, sham contracting and the abuse of visas to avoid workplace laws and undermine minimum employment standards.

The Inquiry's terms of reference also include examining the social impact of insecure work and assessing if the current legal framework meets the needs of Victorian employers and labour hire workers. This may lead to consideration of options such as a licensing system enabling accredited labour hire agencies to provide third party labour. 

Professor Anthony Forsyth of the RMIT University Graduate School of Business and Law is the Chair of the Inquiry.

For a quick overview of the inquiry, download the following fact sheet
IRV Inquiry Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work Fact Sheet (PDF 513.3 KB)PDF icon

Professor Forsyth talks about the Inquiry

Read the video transcript

Public hearings

The first public hearings were conducted in Mildura on 23 and 24 November 2015. Read the Chair's opening address.

Public hearings were also conducted at the following dates and locations:

  • Dandenong, 30 November-1 December 2015
  • Geelong, 7-8 December 2015
  • Melbourne, 8-10 February 2016
  • Shepparton, 15-16 February 2016
  • Melton, 22 February 2016
  • Ballarat, 23 February 2016
  • Melbourne, 25 February 2016
  • Morwell, 29 February - 1 March 2016

For information on the Inquiry's hearing procedures, download Practice Direction No.1 - Conduct of Hearings of the Inquiry (DOCX 81.18 KB)DOCX icon.

Background paper

On 16 October 2015, the Inquiry released a background paper calling for submissions related to the terms of reference from interested parties.

Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work (PDF 515.99 KB)PDF icon
Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work (DOC 338 KB)DOC icon

Submissions

The period for making written submissions has now closed. The Inquiry will be progressively publishing submissions over the coming weeks. Published submissions can be found on the submissions page.

If you have information that you wish to bring to the Inquiry's attention, please contact the Inquiry Secretariat by email at labourhire.inquiry@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

In your language

Information about the Inquiry, and its terms of reference, are available in the following languages:

For a quick overview of the inquiry in the above languages, download the following fact sheet -
IRV Inquiry Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work Fact Sheet (PDF 513.3 KB)PDF icon

About the Chair

Professor Forsyth teaches labour law and legal research at RMIT University. As a consultant with the Corrs Chambers Westgarth Workplace Relations Group, he also advises corporate and public sector clients on employment and workplace relations issues. Professor Forsyth recently completed a study of the Fair Work Commission's role in enterprise bargaining; an overview of workplace privacy law for the Japan Institute for Labour Policy and contributed to a comparative study of workplace dispute resolution in ten countries for the International Labour Organization.

Final report

The Inquiry is due to deliver its final report to the Minister for Industrial Relations by 31 July 2016.