Welcome to the first edition of LHA News for 2024

1 February 2024
Welcome to the first edition of LHA News for 2024

Welcome to the first edition of LHA News for 2024.

Shortly after the December issue of this newsletter was finalised, the Supreme Court of Victoria issued a judgement on a further Labour Hire Authority prosecution for 2023.

The decision resulted in a Victorian horticulture company and its director receiving a total penalty of $264,352 for sourcing workers through multiple unlicensed labour hire providers.

This final enforcement outcome capped off a year that saw record levels of LHA compliance activity, numerous successful prosecutions, and an extensive program of industry education and engagement.

The year also ended with LHA staff visiting several meat and poultry processing facilities to undertake compliance checks. The visits yielded some important outcomes, and this industry will see increased focus from LHA in the coming months – you can read more in this edition.

Elsewhere this month, we look at:

  • upgrades to our Labour Hire Licence Register, making it easier and faster to use
  • recent and upcoming changes to the Fair Work Act
  • the start of our 2024 engagement program, with upcoming sessions in Geelong and Ballarat.

We hope you enjoy this edition, and have a safe and successful 2024.


Steve Dargavel
Labour Hire Licensing Commissioner

In this Edition

Licensing update

December 2023:

  • 68 licence applications submitted
  • 81 licences granted
  • 40 licence renewals granted
  • 28 licences refused or cancelled

January 2024:

  • 97 licence applications submitted
  • 51 licences granted
  • 66 licence renewals granted
  • 51 licences refused or cancelled