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LG Alert – Changes to labour hire on the way (August 11th, 2017)

On 10 August 2017, Industrial Relations Minister John Rau announced that the State Government will be seeking to pass legislation to protect workers and bona fide employers within the labour hire industry.

In 2015, the ABC Four Corners program reported on the alleged exploitation and underpayment of migrant workers at a number of companies throughout Australia, those workers being engaged through labour hire companies. This program highlighted the significant holes in regulation of the labour hire industry and prompted inquiries by the Commonwealth government, as well as South Australian, Queensland and Victorian governments.

As a result of the report and recommendation of the Parliamentary Economic and Finance Committee, the South Australian Government has now introduced the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017. The proposed legislation, if successful in passing through the Parliament, will make it unlawful to operate as a labour hire provider without a licence. More importantly for Councils, which often utilise labour hire agencies, it will also be unlawful for Councils, as employers, to engage an unlicensed operator.

We will continue to provide updates on the impact on local government as more detail on the proposed legislation becomes available.
For more information contact Chris Morey on 8113 7111 or