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Section 18 - Clarification on Host Employers rights


Monday 10 July 2023

Concerns have been raised that a host employer would not be a party to Tribunal proceedings involving a labour hire worker and therefore would not have the opportunity to be heard.

We have had confirmation that is not the Government’s intention. 

If a host employer's interests would be affected by a section 18 application (i.e. the application involves questions of co-operation between the host employer and the pre-injury employer), it is intended the host employer will have a right to be heard before the Tribunal.

That right is probably already provided for under section 49 of the SAET Act, however the Government has indicated it would be happy to consider including this in the bill itself if it was felt that greater certainty is needed.