About us

The Labour Hire Authority (LHA) protects Victorian workers from exploitation by hosts and providers of labour hire services, and works to improve the transparency and integrity of the labour hire industry.

LHA was established to implement the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018 (Vic). Mr Steve Dargavel has been the Labour Hire Licensing Commissioner since 1 October 2018.

To deliver on our mission, we:

  • put labour hire workers at the centre of everything we do 
  • protect workers from labour hire providers who are unwilling and/or unable to comply 
  • understand there are labour hire workers who are being exploited in different ways 
  • recognise that labour hire workers are at a higher risk of exploitation due to the nature of labour hire 
  • recognise that exploitation is widespread in industries relying on low- or semi-skilled workers 
  • recognise labour hire workers experience harms with significant impacts in all industries
  • support and educate labour hire providers who are doing the right thing. 

To keep up to date with our work – and with developments in Victorian labour hire – subscribe to LHA News.

Our functions

LHA works to prevent the exploitation of labour hire workers through functions including:

  • administering the labour hire licensing scheme in Victoria
  • monitoring, investigating and enforcing compliance
  • promoting compliance through education and engagement
  • supporting delivery of these functions through essential corporate services.

Our values

The following values lay the foundation for everything we do:

  • We are responsive. We are approachable and provide timely, useful, accurate information.
  • We act with integrity. We have unbiased and honest interactions and use our powers responsibly.
  • We are impartial. We are fair and consistent in our application of the law, considering all relevant facts without bias.
  • We are accountable. We fulfil our objectives in a transparent and responsible way.
  • We demonstrate leadership. We seek to have a positive influence and empower others.
  • We are respectful. We respect our stakeholders, our colleagues and ourselves.
  • We respect human rights. We administer the law and deliver decisions, advice and policy that support everyone’s human rights.

Strategic plan

The LHA Strategic Plan 2022-2027 sets out how we will regulate the labour hire industry to protect workers from exploitation, and improve the transparency and accountability of the industry.

To learn more about the plan and our priorities, please visit the Strategic Plan page.

Careers at LHA

You can find our latest job openings on the Careers.Vic website.