Chair of labour hire inquiry announced

The Member for Melton, Don Nardella MLA has welcomed the appointment of Professor Anthony Forsyth as the chair of the Andrews Labor Government’s inquiry into the labour hire industry and insecure work in Victoria.

Mr. Nardella said:

The inquiry would investigate the practices of rogue labour hire companies, insecure work, sham contracting and the abuse of visas to avoid workplace laws and undermine minimum employment standards.

The inquiry will release a discussion paper in the coming weeks, and is calling for submissions from interested parties. The inquiry will include extensive public consultation, including meetings in regional and metropolitan Victoria.

Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins said:

The Terms of Reference for the inquiry are available at

Professor Forsyth currently teaches labour law and legal research at the RMIT University Graduate School of Business and Law, and is a consultant with the Corrs Chambers Westgarth Workplace Relations Group.

He also recently completed a study of the Fair Work Commission’s role in enterprise bargaining and has contributed to a study of workplace dispute resolution for the International Labour Organization.

The inquiry is due to deliver its report on 31 July 2016.

Minister Hutchins also said:

Unfortunately, we’re continuing to see allegations of the abuse of workers engaged by rogue labour hire companies. This inquiry will examine how the labour hire industry can be better regulated, and how the rights of workers can be better protected.

Most Victorian employers, from farmers to small business owners, are doing the right thing and treating their workers properly. They shouldn’t face an uneven playing field because of those doing the wrong thing.