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Answers to questions

Employment—agent licensing (Question No 2585)

Mr Wall asked the Minister for Business and Regulatory Services, upon notice, on 2 August 2019:

(1) How many employment agents are currently licensed in the ACT.

(2) What is the current cost of an employment agent license.

(3) Will the cost identified in part (2) be (a) increased or (b) decreased in 2019-20; if so, by how much.

(4) What is the current process for license compliance checking for companies undertaking employment agent activities.

(5) How many checks for license compliance have been undertaken on employment agencies in the ACT during (a) 2017-18, (b) 2018-19 and (c) to date.

Mr Ramsay: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) As at 16 August 2019, there are 248 licensed employment agents in the ACT.

(2) The fees payable for an employment agent are outlined in the Agents (Fees) Determination 2019 (DI2019-123). This information is available on the Legislation register.

(3) There will be no further fee increases in 2019-20.

(4) Access Canberra licenses and regulates employment agents through the Agents Act 2003. A letter is sent to the employment agent to advise when the renewal of the licence is due. If the employment agent has not applied to renew their licence by the due date, another letter will be issued to advise that the licence has lapsed. Should there be concerns that an agent is working unlicensed, Access Canberra will investigate.

Access Canberra undertakes proactive compliance activities applying a risk-based approach. Resources are targeted to where the risks of harm, unsafe practices or misconduct are the greatest. Employment agents are considered to be low risk based upon historical data.

(5) (a) Nil compliance checks identified for 2017-18.

(b) Nil compliance checks identified for 2018-19.

(c) Nil compliance checks identified for 2019 to date.

Education—vocational (Question No 2586)

Mr Wall asked the Minister for Tertiary Education, upon notice, on 2 August 2019:


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