Protection for Labour Hire Workers

Labour Hire Authority

When employers reach out to labour hire companies to find workers above and beyond what they would normally engage providers to supply labour for, then the Labour Hire Scheme is there to protect the workers. The labour hire licensing scheme also seeks to protect workers from harms including underpayment of wages, sub-standard accommodation and unsafe workplaces.

Labour hire workers

Victoria’s labour hire licensing scheme acts to protect workers and improve the integrity and transparency of the industry.

Broadly speaking, labour hire involves a business supplying workers to work in a host business in any industry. Labour hire is common in industry areas including:

  • Horticulture
  • Security
  • Commercial cleaning
  • Meat and poultry processing

Under Victorian law, labour hire providers must hold a licence, and anyone using their services must only use licensed providers. Victoria’s Labour Hire Authority (LHA) oversees the licensing scheme – including monitoring, compliance and enforcement. The scheme was established in 2018 following inquiries and reports that found widespread exploitation of labour hire workers and unlawful behaviour by providers.


Labour hire providers must be run by ‘fit and proper’ people and must meet a range of obligations around worker pay, conditions and entitlements, including:

  • tax and superannuation
  • occupational health and safety
  • workers compensation
  • workplace entitlements
  • migration
  • accommodation standards.


Labour Hire Authority


Significant penalties may apply for breaches of the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018 (Vic):

  • over $600,000 for a company
  • over $150,000 for an individual.


The Labour Hire Authority has a team of compliance officers who monitor, investigate and enforce compliance. Officers have a range of powers, including to:

  • enter and search premises
  • inspect or copy documents
  • seek the assistance of other persons
  • apply for a search warrant.


Visit the LHA website to learn more.
You can also contact LHA on 1300 545 200 or

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