The Andrews Labor Government has chosen Bendigo as the home to Victoria’s new Labour Hire Licensing Authority, boosting jobs and the protection of vulnerable workers across the state.
Bendigo is the ideal home for the new Authority — close to regionally-based horticultural, food and meat processing centres where labour hire workers are critical parts of their operations.
The Authority will be co-located with existing departmental business units in Bendigo until the new Bendigo ‘GovHub’ premises are complete.
A specialist project team within Industrial Relations Victoria is working to establish the new authority, which received $8.5 million over the next four years in the Victorian Budget 2018/19.
Work is already underway to recruit a Commissioner, with job advertisements to be published this weekend for the Bendigo based position that will head the new Authority’s staff of about 20.
The Labour Hire Licensing Authority is expected to be up and running in the first half of 2019.
Labour hire businesses will have six months to be licensed or have an application pending.
There will be an education and information campaign in advance, to ensure all parties have time to understand and apply the scheme to their businesses.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins
“Through our Labour Hire Licensing scheme, we’re standing up for some of Victoria’s most vulnerable workers and levelling the playing field for employers.”
Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards
“We’re boosting jobs in Bendigo and cementing our position as an important regional government hub.”