Labour hire laws – CBS news

The State Government has received a number of submissions from stakeholders raising various issues in relation to the Labour Hire Licensing Scheme that commenced on 1 March 2018.

Compliance with the Act was planned to commence from 1 September 2018.  To enable proper consideration of the submissions received and to allow sufficient time for the issues raised to be appropriately addressed, the Commissioner has advised that at this stage, Consumer and Business Services (CBS) will not enforce the licensing requirements prior to 1 February 2019.  Therefore, businesses may wish to postpone seeking a licence until further information is available from CBS.

CBS is working to provide further information to industry as soon as possible, following consideration of the issues that have been raised.

Concerns about unscrupulous labour hire providers can be reported as below:

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



The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 commenced on 1 March 2018.

Anyone who operates as a labour hire provider in South Australia must be licensed. It will also be unlawful for employers to use the services of an unlicensed operator.

See additional information for labour hire providers including:

  • who must be licensed
  • responsible persons
  • licence criteria
  • fees
  • objections to licence applications.

If you have any queries about labour hire licensing please telephone CBS on 8204 8512.