About Us


Labour Hire Authority

Mr Steve Dargavel is the Labour Hire Licensing Commissioner, and commenced in the role on 1 October 2018.

The Labour Hire Authority (LHA) is responsible for implementing the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018. The Act introduced a licensing scheme for providers of labour hire across all industry sectors.

The scheme was established in response to the Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work which uncovered widespread abuse and exploitation of labour hire workers across Victoria.

The key elements of the licensing scheme are as follows:

  • labour hire providers must be licensed to operate in Victoria
  • those who use labour hire providers must only engage licensed providers
  • labour hire providers must report annually on their labour hire activities.

The Labour Hire Authority is responsible for licensing labour hire providers and undertaking education, enforcement and compliance activity. Workers will be protected against exploitation from unlicensed labour hire providers and host businesses not engaging licensed providers.

The scheme seeks to achieve a level playing field, such that reputable labour providers do not face unfair competition from unscrupulous operators, and labour hire workers are not subject to exploitation.

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Strategic Plan

The LHA Strategic Plan 2022-2027 is the LHA’s first significant strategic plan.

It sets out how we will successfully regulate the labour hire industry so that workers are protected from exploitation, and to improve the transparency and accountability of the labour hire industry over the next five years.

Careers at the LHA

You can find the latest job opening on the Careers.Vic website.

Important information
The information currently on this website is based on the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018 and provides broad details of the labour hire licensing scheme. The Act is supplemented by Regulations dealing with a range of matters, including the coverage of the licensing scheme. The Labour Hire Licensing Regulations 2018 were made on 23 October 2018.