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18 June 2020

Legislation has passed Parliament to amend South Australia’s labour hire laws. 

The Government intends to implement these reforms as soon as possible to avoid businesses that will no longer be required to be licensed from having to pay the periodic annual fee for the forthcoming year.

The amendments follow concerns about the scope and application of the labour hire licensing scheme in its current form.

The scope of the licensing scheme will be narrowed to apply to labour hire providers operating within industries where workers are at a greater risk of exploitation due to the low-skilled, labour-intensive nature of the work that they are engaged to undertake.

Industries required to be licensed

Once the amendments commence, a licence will be required for labour hire providers who provide workers to undertake the following types of work:

  • horticulture processing
  • meat processing
  • seafood processing
  • cleaning
  • trolley collection.

If you provide labour hire services without being licensed, engage an unlicensed labour hire provider or act as an intermediary of any kind, penalties may apply. 

If you have already applied for a licence

Once a commencement date has been determined CBS will contact all licence holders and applicants about the changes and provide details of how to notify CBS should you no longer require a licence.
Businesses that no longer require a licence may be entitled to a partial refund of their licence fee.

If you need to apply for a licence

Information about labour hire licences, including applying for a licence and other responsibilities of labour hire providers, is available on the Labour hire licence page on the SA.GOV website.

Other concerns about a labour hire provider

If you have concerns about an unscrupulous labour hire provider, please contact:

  • Fair Work Ombudsman – To discuss or report concerns including pay, leave, ending employment, discrimination, and sham contracting. Visit the page Help us keep workplaces fair.
  • Safe Work SA – To discuss or report concerns including safety, inadequate safety training, and worksite accidents. Visit safework.sa.gov.au.

More information

Contact CBS occupational [at] sa.gov.au