The Department of Labour is made up of six work groups. These are:
- Labour Group
- Policy and Research Group
- Business Services Group
- Legal and International Group
- Executive Group
The Department’s Chief Executive also serves as the Secretary of Labour. In this capacity, he is legally responsible for carrying out the Department’s work as directed by the Government through its responsible Ministers, and as detailed in the Statement of Intent. Responsibility for this work is delegated to the Deputy Chief Executives who, along with the Chief Executive, comprise the Department’s Strategic Leadership Team.Acting Deputy Chief Executive is Steve Stuart.
Labour delivers employment relationship and workplace health and safety services and provides policy advice to the Government on both these areas and the ACC. Deputy Chief Executive is Lesley Haines.
Policy and Research Group provides the Ministers with a strategic whole-of-labour market policy perspective on employment, immigration, and accident compensation. Deputy Chief Executive is Jeremy Corban.
The Business Services Group provides a range of central services, including advice on policy and standard setting, which are designed to improve the Department’s overall capabilities. Responsibilities include human resources, information communications technology, information management, communications, and financial management (including property and procurement). Deputy Chief Executive is Craig Owen.
Legal and International provides legal services and advice to the Department and Ministers, and oversees our official information and privacy requirements. International Services manages the Government's relationship with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and maintains an overview of linkages between international developments and domestic policy issues. Legal and International also represents the Department in courts and tribunals, and performs a key role in the development of legislative reforms and their passage through Parliament. Acting Deputy Chief Executive is George Mason.
Executive Group provides dedicated support functions and services to the Chief Executive. The major focus is to providing the Chief Executive with risk, reputation and governance assurance. These functions are carried out with the assistance of the Portfolio and Risk Assurance, Planning and Performance, Organisational Strategy and Executive and Governance Support teams. The Executive Group also leads work on critical Departmental projects. Deputy Chief Executive is Geraldine Woods.