In an Australian-first, on 28 June 2019 a Queensland magistrate found A & J Group Services Pty Ltd (A & J) guilty of operating without a licence under the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 (Qld) (Act) and fined the company $60,000.

A & J had originally applied for the licence required by the Act, but withdrew its application after it failed to provide the necessary information. Despite being advised by the relevant department that it could not provide labour hire services until it became licensed, A & J continued to provide labour hire services.  

Under the Act, which came into force on 16 April 2018, labour hire providers in Queensland are required to be licensed. Further, businesses that use hire labour services must only engage licensed providers. There are significant penalties of up to $400,000 for companies that engage a labour hire firm without confirming that they are licensed. This first conviction and fine is a timely warning for companies and individuals who engage with labour hire to ensure that they are complying with the Act.

If you have any questions about the licencing requirements, please contact GRT.