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Australia's workforce has undergone unprecedented levels of change over the past 25 years. One of the most significant changes is the growing use of flexible work arrangements, such as labour hire, by businesses seeking to achieve higher levels of flexibility and productivity.

This report builds on the work undertaken by the committee in its Interim Report, tabled in December 2004. That report included 16 recommendations, many of which focused on the occupational health and safety performance of the labour hire industry. This final report broadens the investigation and considers further implications of the growth of labour hire industry for Victoria and Australia. It contains recommendations for the amendment of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 to clarify the obligations of labour hire agencies and host employers and providing better protection for labour hire workers who raise occupational health and safety issues in the workplace. It also includes recommendations on the need for further investigation of the prevalence of casual employment and the need to create better opportunities for casual employees to access bank loans.

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