Labour hire licence - Queensland


You will require this licence if you intend to conduct labour hire activities or provide labour hire services.

Labour hire providers supply workers to work for another business or person (the labour hire user). The workers are paid by the labour hire provider for the work they do. Users of labour hire services can only use a licensed labour hire provider.

You are required to have a labour hire licence if you are:

  • a contractor who supplies workers to a farmer or fruit grower to pick produce for the farmer or grower
  • a group training organisation or principal employer organisation that supplies an apprentice or trainee to an employer
  • an employment agency who on-hires temporary administration staff to a business.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.


You are exempt from a labour hire licence if you offer recruitment and permanent placement services, volunteering arrangements, workplace consultants and genuine subcontracting arrangements (e.g. those often used in the building and construction industry), are not considered to be labour hire providers and do not fall within the labour hire licensing scheme.


One year


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $1057.00

For wage / salary expenses less than $1.5 million expense. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Application All $3171.00

For wage / salary expenses from $1.5 million to less than $5 million expense. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Application All $5285.00

For wage / salary expenses of $5 million or more. Fees for 2021-22


Other resources

Approval time

28 days

Additional information

Licence fees are calculated according to the total amount of wages or salaries paid during the last financial year.

For businesses that do not operate in the financial year immediately preceding the day the application is made, the total fee amount is the amount the business is projected to pay in wages in the financial year in which the application is made.

Disqualified persons or entities

A person or business cannot apply for a labour hire licence if they have had:

  • a labour hire licence cancelled within the last two years
  • an application for a labour hire licence refused within the last three months.

Administering agency

Office of Industrial Relations

Labour Hire Licensing Queensland

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:


Labour Hire Licensing Queensland

Office of Industrial Relations

Mailing address: PO BOX 7129
Brendale, Queensland 4500
Mailing address: Level 12
1 William Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Phone: 1300 576 088
Phone: 13 74 68 After hours
Phone: 07 3423 9012
Website: Labour Hire Licensing Queensland (Opens in new window)