The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 establishes a mandatory licensing scheme for all labour hire providers operating in Queensland. Users of labour hire services can only use a licensed labour hire provider.

Labour hire providers supply workers to another business or person (the labour hire user) to do work. Under the arrangement, the labour hire provider has the obligation to pay the workers for the work they do (though this can be an indirect obligation, in the case of on-supply of workers). The definition is broad, and covers outsourcing of labour, as well as contingent labour.