Final report

Conduct of Inquiry

The Inquiry received 695 primary written submissions, comprising 91 from organisations and 604 from individuals. The Inquiry also heard from a total of 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 over 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.

In addition, in the course of preparation for each regional hearing, the Inquiry Secretariat gathered information on local organisations with a potential interest in the subject matter of the Inquiry, and contacted them directly by telephone or email to invite them to attend a hearing and/or make a submission. Approximately 60 additional persons and organisations were approached in this manner, resulting in significant local representation at Inquiry hearings. 

Finally, the Inquiry email address facilitated direct email contact from a large number of additional organisations and individuals.
The Inquiry also took a proactive approach to raising awareness through media coverage, including both paid advertising and media reporting, in order to maximise participation in and engagement with the Inquiry by the Victorian community.

Final report and Victorian Government response

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

The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources is now consulting with stakeholders to develop the structure of such a licensing scheme and what industries should be regulated.

You can download a copy of the final report:

Read a copy of the response to the Inquiry's recommendations:

Page last updated: 2 February 2018