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RCSA says proposed new Queensland law would ban recruiters from charging fees to employers


September 9, 2016: The proposed Queensland Industrial Relations Bill 2016 will ban employment agents in Queensland from charging a fee to the employer.

The RCSA (Recruitment & Consulting Services Association) has reviewed the draft Industrial Relations Bill 2016 bill and found a nasty provision that, amazingly, does not recognise Queensland’s own Private Employment Agents legislation and, therefore, would prohibit recruitment agents from charging employers a fee for the service of finding people work.

“This is exactly the stuff that slips through if there is no RCSA to watch-out for the interests of members,” said RCSA CEO Charles Cameron.

As I’ve been engaging with the industry in recent months I have been asked why join RCSA, what is the value? Well, this is the value. The draft bill was introduced into the Legislative Assembly on 1st September, and it is the RCSA that does the stuff that may not always make headlines, but can sink an industry” said Mr Cameron.

RCSA will provide a submission seeking to rectify the bill – but that doesn’t change the fact that without RCSA, legislation such as this would slide through, and then industry would be screaming for action, after the fact.

“Without corporate members, the RCSA would not exist, and in this case without RCSA most recruitment and workforce services firms in Queensland would have been unable to continue doing business. Without RCSA, our industry would be asking why somebody didn’t prevent this.

RCSA has been front and centre in recent time on hundreds of issues that no other group would be addressing. Labour hire inquiries, on-hire licensing, modern award reviews, recruitment sector reviews and pushing back on bad procurement practices, just to name a few.

“So, it’s not a question of why, but when will you join the RCSA as a corporate member and become part of the essential voice of our industry. If you are in the recruitment and professional workforce services industry strength comes from being a paid up member of an industry body, not by expecting that somebody else will take care of it, I’m going to hide and hope,” said Mr Cameron.

26 August   New workplace pact aims to improve compliance

2015 RCSA Media Releases

16 November   RCSA launches New Zealand Awards program

23 October   Savage Brothers to headline RCSA’s 2016 Acumen Speaker Series 
22 October   New faces join RCSA’s Region Councils and Member Groups 
13 October   RCSA announces exclusive luncheon with Shark Tank’s Andrew Banks
11 September   Employment Services industry calls for inquiry to focus on protecting the rights of vulnerable workers
8 September   Delegates set twitter abuzz at the 2015 RCSA International Conference
6 August   Illegal and unscrupulous labour hire ‘bust’ highlights the need for single national regulation of employment services
 30 June   Penny O'Reilly appointed to RCSA Board 
 15 June   Employment Services industry takes aim at illegal and unethical labour practices
 22 May   2015 Award winners announced at Recruitment and Consulting Services Association Gala Ball
 18 May   2015 RCSA Award finalists announced
 5 May   RCSA calls for national response to 'rub out' sham and unscrupulous labour-hire companies
 5 May   RCSA appalled by exploitation of workers
 24 April   The Facts about the role of the Recruitment Industry in Employing Older Australians and Australians with Disability
 7 April   Employment sector calls for greater flexibility in casual employment 

 18 March
  Recruitment ReNEWed: RCSA announces 2015 Conference theme and speakers
 13 March
  The best is yet to come: Greg Savage FRCSA (Life) prepares recruiters for the Golden Era


2014 RCSA Media Releases

 15 December   The Salvation Army Employment Plus joins RCSA and the Youth Jobs Charter
 2 December   RCSA announces Board appointments
 1 December   Employment is number one priority for newly elected Andrew’s Labor government says RCSA
 21 November   Recruitment Industry concerned about proposed Labor licensing
 18 November   RCSA meets with Victorian government
11 November  Two new Awards for RCSA Industry Awards program in 2015
7 November  Labour Market Participation Flat, says RCSA
 20 October  Original recruitment “Super Biller” Mike Walmsley to host exclusive Australian training sessions
 28 August  RCSA announces to open more pathways to employment for young people - Australia

 28 August  RCSA announces to open more pathways to employment for young people - NZ

27 August   Recruitment Industry Supports Collaboration to Open Pathways to Employment

17 July 

 RCSA announces new Business Partner, Jardine Lloyd Thompson

11 June  Why do some organisations manage their most critical asset with a short term focus?

4 June  Recruitment and Consulting Services Association NZ PEARL Consultant Forum returns to Auckland

8 May  Brandkarma founder speaking at Recruitment and Consulting Services Association Conference

8 May  Recruitment industry calls for end to on-hire Labour Agreements

28 April  Women's leadership advocate Margie Warrell to bring "Culture of Courage" to Recruitment and Consulting Services Association Conference

15 April  Recruitment Juice offers online video learning to RCSA members

9 April  Scott Wintrip from USA to speak at Recruitment and Consulting Services Association International Conference in Queenstown

31 March  2014 RCSA Award finalists announced for workplace safety and corporate social responsibility

21 March  RCSA PEARL Award region finalists announced last night

14 March  Recruitment industry predicts demand for recruitment services will continue to grow

11 March  Fair work review crucial to Australia's future, says recruitment industry

6 March  2014 RCSA International Conference Registration now open

2014 RCSA Premium Supporter Media Releases

Date Title

 18 November   Pendragon Management: Contractor or an Employee?...Know Their Status
 8 September    Etz appoints new Marketing Manager to continue thrust into APAC

22 April   A-Positive Cashflow - What's holding you back from growing a temp desk?

8 April   Voyager - Does the cloud set you free or put you in the shade?

8 April Watch - Digital HeadHunter by CareerOne

25 March  Scottish Pacific provides $190 million in funding, enabling Australian and New Zealand labour hire businesses to grow

11 March  Kinetic Super's drive for challenge reaps rewards

5 February  Voyager Software adds SaaS Recruitment Solution to product offering

28 January  2cloudnine/Jobscience - We take your business further

28 January  APositive Cashflow - 100% Payroll Funding - Cash in your profit when you raise the invoice

2013 RCSA Media Releases



11 December

 Future of the Recruitment Industry in its Own Hands, says RCSA President 

6 December

 RCSA announces 2014 Conference theme 

3 December

 RCSA announces Board appointments

2 December
 RCSA releases online learning new member benefit to boost CPD

21 November

 2014 RCSA Awards Nominations now open

14 November

 Voyager Software (Australia) now an RCSA Premium Supporter

7 November

 RCSA Breakfast Series – make a difference and adapt and survive

9 October

 Greg Savage FRCSA (Life) workshop road shows – just one week till lift off

31 July

  Leading Ugly when times are tough - Peter Barr to bring controversial topic to Recruitment and Consulting Services Association International Conference

30 July

 Labour hire safety performance in Victoria continues yet again in a positive direction

24 July

  Recruitment and Consulting Services Association forthcoming workshops – any recruiter can now be in breach of Commonwealth migration compliance law

9 July

  Tornado Down - Former PoW, John Peters to speak at Recruitment and Consulting Services Association International Conference

5 July

  HR and recruiter bodies welcome law reform report on mature age employment

20 June

  Recruitment and Consulting Services Association PEARL Award winner to address NZ Consultants

31 May

  Recruitment and Consulting Services Association Award winners announced at Gala Ball

28 May   Hear straight from the source: Irina Shamaeva at Recruitment and Consulting Services Association Conference

14 May   Recruitment and Consulting Services Association Conference Speaker Richard Greene, Master of People Reading and Body Language, to give recruiters the leading edge
30 April

 Recruitment and Consulting Services Association announces Kelly Services appointment to Board

29 April

  Recruitment and Consulting Services Association Conference: Building sustainable, competitive advantage, Cameron Judson and Damian Johnson

23 April

  RCSA Details Results of On-hire Sector Safety Symposium

19 April
  Leading into the future - 2013 RCSA International Conference keynote speaker, Bob Anderson
8 April

  Transitioning through the Third Space with Dr Adam Fraser

21 March

  2013 RCSA PEARL Award region finalists announced last night

15 March
  Labour hire safety performance excellent again in Victoria

22 February

  Scholarship Announced for Agency Nurses

22 February

  Speakers set to dazzle at RCSA PEARL Consultant Forum

15 February

  2013 RCSA Awards – Nominations closing soon
8 February
  CEO’s to headline RCSA breakfasts

8 February
  Union calls for portable leave funds is misaligned with workers preferences


2013 RCSA Premium Supporter Media Releases


Date Title

9 December  Government addresses bullying in the workplace: survey shows increased awareness of bullying and discrimination - WorkPro

 3 December  Kinetic Super appoints Nancy Fox as new Director to the Board

 3 December  FastTrack engages with clients in highly successful seminar series

 3 December  CareerOne - Aussies could be missing out on over $700 million in extra income a week

 3 December  WorkPro - Telework rapidly gains momentum - but are businesses managing the risks?

 6 November  FastTrack restructures for growth

 24 September  Pendragon - Time is money! How outsourcing frees up your time to make more money

 10 September  WorkPro More Australians teleworking highlights need for WHS compliance
 10 September  Astute Payroll ranks #19 in the SmartCompany Smart50 Awards
 10 September  New hire for Recruitment Systems
 21 August  Kinetic Super launches Finders Keepers campaign

 20 August  A-Positive Cashflow: 100% Payroll Funding - Cash in your profit when you raise the invoice

 26 July  Astute Payroll makes first of thirty new appointments

 26 July  APositive Cashflow: Funding payroll just got easier for recruitment businesses

 26 July  SDP Solutions: Candidates just want to be loved... Is that so wrong?”

12 July

 Official launch of Kinetic Super; the super that moves with you
 2 July  Another Hire for Astute Payroll

 2 July  Astute Payroll releases Payroll Module

 2 July CareerOne launches market leading targeting

 18 June  Pendragon Management In tough times business owners look to a flexible contractor workforce

 4 June  WorkPro - Launch of unique licence management facility reduces workplace risk

23 May

 Jobs growth rate affected by Federal Election uncertainty - Fairfax Employment Forecast, May 2013 edition, released


2013 RCSA Media Coverage


Article Title

31 July 


Prepare to get "ugly" to survive tough market, says coach

28 July 


Consultants must believe in their own value: CarmanWhite

25 July 


RCSA workshop to address immigration risks

15 July 


Bullying code fails to account for on-hire arrangements: RCSA

9 July 


Former POW to address RCSA conference

4 July 

RCSA tackling workforce participation with industry-wide initiative

27 June


"Significant opposition" to labour marketing testing for 457-visas: Senate report

20 June 


Employee engagement boosts client retention, finances: business coach
21 June 


RCSA calls for more recruiter access to 457s, as key MP threatens migration bill's passage

21 June 


Recruiters more vulnerable to big fines under new privacy laws, warns barrister
18 June  


DFP bolsters Canberra presence with acquisition

June issue  

Human Capital Magazine

End of the Cowboy Era

13 June 


How to improve employee engagement capability: AltusQ

14 May 


Body language expert to speak at RCSA conference

10 May 


Industry leaders to speak on the importance of branding: RCSA

10 May  


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