Inquiry into the labour hire industry and insecure work
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.
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 9390-IRV-Inquiry-in-the-Labour-Hire-Industry-and-Insecure-Work-Brochure-V3-Word-Accessible.docx (DOCX 260.53 KB)
- Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work 9390-IRV-Inquiry-in-the-Labour-Hire-Industry-and-Insecure-Work-Brochure.pdf (PDF 515.99 KB)
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.
The Inquiry is due to deliver its final report to the Minister for Industrial Relations by 31 August 2016.
Page last updated: 20 July 2016