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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2435 ..

(6) How will the new scheme work.

(7) How is the scheme similar to legislation in Victoria.

(8) What will labour hire companies be required to do.

(9) How much will licences cost.

(10) How much will it cost to renew a licence each 12 months.

(11) Why are licences only valid for 12 months.

(12) How will the scheme be monitored and regulated.

(13) How will the Minister ensure compliance with the scheme.

(14) How many dedicated WorkSafe ACT staff will be involved with establishing and operating the scheme.

(15) How much money has been allocated for the Government to operate the scheme.

(16) What are the penalties/sanctions for non-compliance.

(17) What communication has there been with labour hire companies about the new scheme.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

In answer to questions 1 and 2:

The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2020 (the Act) commenced on 27 May 2021 with a transition period applying to 27 November 2021. All labour hire providers operating in the ACT will be required to obtain a licence by 27 November 2021.

As such, data about the number of labour hire providers operating in the ACT is not currently available.

All labour hire providers who hold a licence under the Act will be included on the public register available on the WorkSafe ACT website. The information that will be publicly available on the labour hire licence register includes the industry that providers operate in.

In answer to question 3, the purpose of the new scheme is set out in the Act and specifically states the purpose of the Act is to:

a) protect workers from exploitation by providers of labour hire services;

b) promote responsible practices in the ACT labour hire sector;

c) ensure labour hire providers meet their workplace obligations to their workers, including obligations relating to work health and safety laws and anti-discrimination laws; and

d) create a framework that is effective in preventing and responding to non-compliance with workplace standards in the labour hire industry.

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