Inquiry into the labour hire industry and insecure work

Final report

The final report of the Victorian Inquiry into Labour Hire and Insecure Work was tabled in Parliament on Thursday 27 October 2016.

You can download a copy of the final report:

The Inquiry has recommended that a licensing scheme be set up to regulate labour hire operators. The report also called on the Victorian Government to advocate for a national licensing scheme for labour hire operators, through the Council of Australian Governments.

The Victorian Government has accepted in principle the recommendations regarding licensing and advocacy to the Commonwealth. The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources will now consult further to develop the structure of such a licensing scheme and what industries should be regulated.

There are a range of other important findings and recommendations in the comprehensive and wide ranging report, which was presented by the chairman of the Inquiry, RMIT Professor Anthony Forsyth. These will be closely examined by the government with a view to developing a response to those matters over coming months.

About the Inquiry

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, refer to the fact sheet.

Background paper

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


The period for making written submissions has now closed. Published submissions can be found on the submissions page.

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.

Page last updated: 30 November 2016