Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019

Regional briefings: navigating new labour hire rules

The new South Australian Labour Hire Licensing Act (the Act) will be enforced from 31 August 2019 after motions to repeal the Act appear unlikely to succeed in the Legislative Council.

Under the Act, labour hire and contracting providers engaged in ‘labour hire services’ must apply for a licence by 31 August. This includes vineyard contracting providers, picking and pruning gangs.

Unlicensed providers of labour hire services or clients who engage unlicensed providers – including wineries and grapegrowers – are subject to a $400,000 fine and/or three-year imprisonment.

To assist the wine industry to navigate these new rules, the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) is running regional labour hire briefings in July and August, starting this week in the Barossa.

The briefing will cover:

  • When a licence is required and licence exemptions;
  • Application requirements and costs;
  • What clients of providers need to do;
  • When penalties and imprisonment can be enforced;
  • Inspection, reporting and auditing obligations; and
  • Overview of related Fair Work Act 2009 obligations.

Briefings will also occur in Adelaide Hills, Langhorne Creek, Coonawarra, Riverland, McLaren Vale and Clare. To book a session, click here:

As well as assisting the wine industry to understand the new Act, SAWIA will continue to advocate for sensible amendments to the legislation.

“We’ve been arguing for sensible and practical changes to the licensing scheme since it was introduced by the former State Government,” said SAWIA Chief Executive Brian Smedley.

“Through our advocacy, SAWIA was able to obtain a number of important improvements to the Act. Given the number of fundamental issues remaining with the Act, we will continue to pursue changes suitable to the wine industry.”

“In the meantime, we encourage members of the South Australian wine industry to attend a briefing to ensure they aren’t putting themselves at risk of penalty.”

For further information, please contact SAWIA’s Business Services Manager Henrik Wallgren on (08) 8222 9270 or