If Preparing Your Victorian Labour Hire Licence Application Seems Like Wrestling an Octopus…

Detail of Poseidon Statue and fountain , Piazza Navona, Rome, It“Eight is a lot of legs, David!” (from “Love Actually” (2003)

…why not come along to WorkAccord’s advanced workshop Vic Labour Hire Licensing: Up-Close & Personal – Prepare Your Application on 3 May 2019?

Learning objectives

  • Gain confidence in managing the application process
  • Identify the information you will need and prepare an information capture plan
  • Evaluate your compliance history
  • Avoid leaving yourself open to refusals and objections
  • Develop an application preparedness strategy you can take back to the office.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Andrew C. Wood

Victorian Labour Hire Licensing: Managing Adverse Outcomes

Medieval Relief Of St George And The Dragon

“By George! I think he’s got it. Must have been to the Up-Close & Personal Masterclass!”

With Victoria’s labour hire licensing scheme starting on 29 April, some industry participants may be contemplating the possibility of adverse outcomes – either for themselves or even with the aim of creating them for someone else – Heaven forbid!

In this, the second masterclass in WorkAccord’s inaugural “Up-close & Personal” series, I’ll be discussing in detail the range of adverse outcomes, their likely causes, and how to manage them.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the scope and effect of “adverse outcomes”
  • Learn how to formulate an objection and how to respond to one
  • Identify where objections might come from – and develop a counter-strategy
  • Discover the alternatives to outright refusal of an application
  • Understand licence conditions and how they can be used to your advantage
  • Learn how to get information and challenge adverse decisions and conditions
  • Plan for a “worst case” scenario.

You can find out more about the masterclass at our Eventbrite registration page.

I hope to see you there!

Andrew C. Wood

What is the True Reach of Victoria’s Labour Hire Licensing Scheme?

I’ve said I’m excited at being invited to present WorkAccord’s Up-close & Personal masterclass and advanced workshop series on the Victorian labour hire licensing scheme. 

That’s because we’re finally going to get a chance to attack some of the harder questions, as we discover where cracks are likely to be found – and how to plan for them.

Here’s just a few:

  • What does it really mean to “supply a worker”?
  • When does a worker work “in and as part of the business or undertaking” of a host?
  • Is this a different test from the integration test formulated by the Federal Court in On Call Interpreters and Translators Agency Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation (No 3) [2011] FCA 366?
  • If not, will it ever be possible to “supply” an independent contractor within the meaning of s. 7 of the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018 (Vic)?
  • Is the on-hire of independent contractors dealt with under some other provision of the Act?
  • What happens if the worker is incorporated?
  • What is the nature of the s.9 “obligation” to pay a worker for the performance of the work?
  • Does anyone have such an “obligation” if the individual receives payment on some other basis – e.g. a directors fees for working in their own company, or as the beneficiary of a discretionary trust with an incorporated trustee?
  • How does all this play out in labour contracting chains and service networks?

These aren’t the sort of questions that can be addressed in a brief overview. They’re questions that need to be asked, notwithstanding comments about “clever lawyers” (as though that’s a bad thing) that I heard made when I attended the public briefings.

So, that’s why we’re having a masterclass.

And that’s why I’m excited.

I hope to see you there!

Andrew C. Wood

Businessman & Newspaper





Victorian Labour Hire Licensing: Up-Close & Personal

Businessman with magnifying glass reading documentsI’m excited to be presenting a series of three masterclasses and advanced workshops when we will look in detail at the Victorian Labour Hire Licensing Scheme.

Many will have already gained an overview of the scheme but will still have unanswered questions about it. Some will need to delve into the detail to find where the cracks and flaws may appear. Others might be wanting real practical help to prepare their applications and will need to address some hard questions.

That’s what we’ll be doing. You can find out more about the series on our Eventbrite registration pages:

  • Masterclass #1 Reach and Limitations (23/04/19 from 9.00 am to 12:00 pm)
  • Masterclass #2 Managing Adverse Outcomes (23/04/19 from 1.00 pm to 4:00 pm)
  • Workshop #3 Prepare Your Application (3/05/19 – morning and afternoon sessions)

I hope to see you there.

Andrew C. Wood