A principal employer organisation (PEO) must inform the department immediately of any matters that may affect its on going operations.
In the event of closure of a PEO, the department's main concern will be to ensure:
- the continuity of the employment and training arrangements of the apprentices and trainees employed by the PEO
- all employee related entitlements and payments can be met.
In the event of the closure of a PEO, all efforts will be made to negotiate and facilitate the transfer of employment of apprentices and trainees to host employers or new employers, including group training organisations.
When a PEO ceases to trade, the department may consider the cancellation of the organisation's certificate of recognition as a PEO under Section 96(b) of the Further Education and Training Act 2014 (the Act).
Where the department is proposing to cancel the recognition of a PEO, under Section 97 of the Act it will issue a show cause notice giving the PEO 14 days to respond to the notice of the proposed cancellation.
A PEO may apply to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) for a review of the decision by the department to cancel its recognition, as provided for under Section 167(1)(d) of the Act.