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Labour Hire – New Laws

Commencing 1 March 2018, all businesses must hold a labour hire licence if they:

  • supply workers to another person; and
  • make a payment to the worker – either to cover wages or a part payment (e.g. to cover accommodation costs or a meal allowance).  

Online licence applications will be available from 1 March 2018 and can be lodged with Consumer and Business Services (CBS).

To allow industry time to prepare for the new requirements, labour hire providers will have until 1 September 2018 to be licensed. From 1 September 2018 there will be penalties for anyone who operates without a licence and penalties for employers that use unlicensed labour hire companies. The maximum penalty for either offence is $400,000 for a company, or $140,000 or 3 years imprisonment for an individual.

Please visit the Labour hire licence webpage for more information or contact CBS via occupational@sa.gov.au or phone (08) 8204 8512. The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 is available at legislation.sa.gov.au.