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Keep up to date with the Office of the Small Business Commissioner News and other information relating to small business.

Mobile Food Vendors


New rules come into effect this month governing the placement of mobile food vans in every council area in South Australia.

Under changes passed by Parliament last year, each council is required to produce guidelines which set out the permit and location purpose for mobile food vans.

Food businesses who wish to make a complaint about the rules may do so to the Small Business Commissioner. In the first instance efforts will be made to resolve any dispute with discussions between the parties, which may include other food businesses and the local council.

Should that fail, the Small Business Commissioner will follow the dispute resolution procedures which have been set out under the Local Government Act 1999.

The written application may be sent electronically via the Lodge a Dispute Form here, or print the following Application to Lodge a Dispute form -

Application to Lodge a Dispute form (54 kb, PDF)

Send the completed form and copies of supporting documentation to the Office via -

Fax: 08 8303 0943, or 
Post to -

Office of the Small Business Commissioner
GPO Box 1264

If you have any enquiries please contact the Office on Toll Free 1800 072 722 or 08 8303 2026 or use the contact form to send us an e-mail.

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 or phone (08) 8204 8512. The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 is available at              

Churchill Fellowship


Be considered for a sponsored Fellowship

A sponsored Fellowship offers the dual benefit of representing the Churchill Trust and a Fellowship sponsor, which can further increase the opportunity to share your Fellowship findings with the Australian

All applicants are considered for a Churchill Fellowship first and foremost however if you think you would be a good fit for a particular sponsored Fellowship you can indicate up to two you would like to be
considered for within the online application form.

To find out more visit

Small Business Cyber Security Guide Released


The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) has  released a Cyber Security Best Practice Guide to help small businesses understand the risks associated with being online and how to prevent cyber attacks.

The information reflects the concerns that many small businesses lacked time and resources to deal with the issue but are concerned  about cyber security.

The brochure provides an outline of cyber security threats and options of how to deal with these.

There are useful resources available to small businesses with and being two examples that offer explanations in simple, easy to understand language.  

Useful Resources

Cyber Security Best Practice Guide

ASBFEO cyber security page

Voluntary Code of Behaviour for Prime Contractors


The Draft Voluntary Code of Behaviour for Prime Contractors dealing with Subcontractors on SA Government Building and Construction Projects, known as the Voluntary Code has been developed in partnership by the Small Business Commissioner and the Industry Participation Advocate. The aim of the Voluntary Code is to be applied by the Government as part of assessing tenders for goods and services in the building and construction sector.  

The Voluntary Code will be applicable to principal contractors who bid for government projects of $4m and above for the metropolitan area and $1m and above for regional areas.  It is proposed that the Voluntary Code be introduced into the current Industry Participation Policy tender assessment framework.  

The Voluntary Code covers the following areas:

  • Compliance with the Building and Construction Security of Payment Act 2009
  • Phoenixing
  • Sham Contracting
  • Disputed Payments
  • Collusive Tendering

The Voluntary Code has been developed in a manner which does not create any extra “red tape” for industry.  It requires a commitment to comply with the various state and federal laws. Any breaches of the Voluntary Code would be considered when assessing future State Government contracts.  

Feedback on the draft Voluntary Code is being sought by 31 December 2017. Comments are invited to be sent via email to or by post to

Office of the Small Business Commissioner
GPO Box 1264

Draft Voluntary Code of Behaviour for Prime Contractors dealing with Subcontractors on SA Government Building and Construction Projects




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