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.

The Inquiry was asked 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 was also tasked with examining the social impact of insecure work and assessing whether the legal framework at the time met the needs of Victorian employers and labour hire workers.

Professor Anthony Forsyth of the RMIT University Graduate School of Business and Law was the Chair of the Inquiry.

Conduct of Inquiry

The Inquiry received 695 primary written submissions, comprising 91 from organisations and 604 from individuals.

Submissions were published online for a period of time. They are no longer available online, but a list of submissions is below. Please email Industrial Relations Victoria to request copies.

The Inquiry also heard from 221 individual witnesses during 113 hearing sessions, over 17 days of hearings held from November 2015 to March 2016 across regional and metropolitan Victoria.

The Inquiry established a stakeholder contact database of more than 200 interested persons and organisations including unions, employer groups, ethnic community councils and migrant organisations, labour hire agencies, backpackers, media contacts, community organisations and academics.

Final report

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 responded to the recommendations contained in the report. The Government 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.

Submissions received

Submissions are no longer available online. Please email Industrial Relations Victoria to request copies. Please note that not all submissions were published. Submissions that were not published cannot be supplied on request.

Submissions were received from:

  • Individual worker submissions, via VTHC (first collection)
  • CFMEU individual worker submissions, via VTHC
  • AEU individual member submissions, received from union.
  • AMWU individual worker submissions, via VTHC
  • ANMF individual worker submissions, via VTHC
  • NTEU individual worker submissions
  • NUW individual worker submissions, via VTHC
  • Individual worker submissions, via VTHC (second collection)
  • Abbas, Sou
  • Agri Labour Australia
  • Ai Group
  • Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association
  • Alldis, John
  • Anonymous
  • Armstrong, David
  • Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union (Victoria)
  • Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Australian Council of Trade Unions
  • Australian Education Union
  • Australian Institute of Employment Rights
  • Australian Manufacturing Workers Union
  • Australian Mines and Metals Association
  • Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
  • Australian Services Union - National Office
  • Australian Services Union - Victorian Private Sector Branch
  • Australian Services Union - Victorian and Tasmanian Authorities and Services Branch
  • Bendigo Uniting Churches Social Justice Group
  • Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law
  • Chandler Macleod
  • Cochrane, Dr Robyn
  • The Connect Group Pty Ltd
  • Communication Workers Union Postal & Telecommunications Branch
  • Community and Public Sector Union Victoria
  • Community and Public Sector Union, Communication and Science Branch
  • Confidential submitter
  • Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, Victorian Construction Branch
  • Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, Mining and Energy Division, Victorian District Branch
  • Cragg, Mr David
  • Crisp MP, Peter
  • East Gippsland Food Cluster
  • Ethical Clothing Australia
  • Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District Inc.
  • Forsyth, Dr G. V.
  • Franchise Council of Australia
  • Geelong Trades Hall Council
  • George, John
  • Gangmasters Licencing Authority, United Kingdom
  • Health and Community Services Union – Victorian Branch
  • Health Workers' Union
  • Housing Industry Association
  • Howe, Dr Joanna
  • Independent Contractors Australia
  • Independent Education Union
  • Information Technology Contract and Recruitment Association
  • Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research
  • Jesuit Social Services
  • Job Watch Inc.
  • G.T & J.A Jones Engineering P/L
  • Lim, Benedict
  • Lucy, Ms
  • MacDonald, Dr Fiona & Professor Sara Charlesworth
  • Marshall, Harry
  • Martin, Luke
  • Master Builders Association of Victoria
  • Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
  • Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance
  • Murray, Dr Jill
  • National Tertiary Education Union
  • National Union of Workers
  • Northern Mallee Local Learning and Employment Network
  • Per Capita
  • Popovski, Sam
  • Produce Marketing Association –Australia / New Zealand
  • Professionals Australia
  • Recruitment & Consulting Services Association
  • Robinvale Network House
  • Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative
  • Ryan Carlisle Thomas Lawyers
  • Safety Institute of Australia
  • Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees' Association
  • Shearers and Rural Workers Union
  • Sim, Mr Jeff
  • Slavery Links
  • Springvale Monash Legal Service
  • Tan, Caleb
  • Taverner, Marita
  • Textile Clothing Footwear Union Australia
  • Tham, Professor
  • Joo-Cheong
  • Transport Workers Union
  • Underhill, Dr Elsa
  • United Voice
  • Uniting Church Australia
  • Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce
  • Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Victorian Council of Social Service
  • Victorian Farmers Federation
  • Victorian Legal Aid
  • Victorian Trades Hall Council
  • Wang, Mr Yi
  • Western Community Legal Centre Ltd
  • Whyte, Professor David United Kingdom
  • WIRE - Women's Information and Referral Exchange Inc.
  • Work + Family Policy Roundtable
  • Woodman, Dr Dan and others
  • Young Workers Centre