Inquiry into the labour hire industry and insecure work

Latest Update: Victoria calls for national labour hire licensing scheme

The Victorian Government  has urged the Federal Government to develop a national scheme to license labour hire operators, in consultation with the states, in a submission to the Commonwealth Black Economy Taskforce.

Download the Victorian Government's submission

Final report and Victorian Government response

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

The Victorian Government has now responded to the recommendations contained in the report. The Government has accepted a majority of the 35 recommendations, with 19 recommendations supported in full and 14 supported in principle.

The key recommendations supported are that Victoria:

  • set up a licensing scheme to regulate labour hire operators
  • develop a voluntary code of conduct for the labour hire industry
  • advocate for a national licensing scheme for labour hire operators
  • use Government procurement to promote secure work practices and ethical employment.

The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources is now consulting with stakeholders to develop the structure of such a licensing scheme and what industries should be regulated.

You can download a copy of the final report:

Read a copy of the response to the Inquiry's recommendations:

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: 22 August 2017