On 27 October 2016, the final report of the Victorian
Inquiry into Labour Hire and Insecure Work, chaired by Corrs
Consultant and RMIT Professor Anthony Forsyth, was tabled in State
The report presents the Inquiry's findings of extensive
exploitation of vulnerable workers, based on 700 written
submissions and the evidence of more than 200 witnesses over 17
days of public hearings held around Victoria.
35 reform recommendations are presented to the Government in the
report. Professor Forsyth commented:
"The key recommendations are for the establishment of a
Victorian labour hire licensing scheme, to eradicate
'rogue' labour hire providers in the horticulture, meat
processing and cleaning industries. I'm very pleased that the
Government has already indicated it will act to introduce a
The Victorian Inquiry follows increasing media reports over the
last 18 months of underpayments, non-payment of tax and
superannuation, and health and safety breaches across many
Two federal parliamentary inquiries, three state government
inquiries, and several investigations by the Fair Work Ombudsman
have further highlighted these issues.
"More and more, businesses need to be aware of what's
happening in their supply chain," Professor Forsyth says.
"It's essential that employers focus on compliance with
awards and other workplace laws. Regulators are becoming more
vigilant, and there are likely to be new regulatory requirements at
federal and state level before long."
The Corrs Employment, Workplace and Safety Team will publish a
more detailed article on the report of the Victorian Inquiry
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