The coverage of the South Australian labour hire licensing scheme has been narrowed. The legislative changes are operative from 20 July 2020. 

The South Australian labour hire licensing scheme now only applies to providers and users of labour hire where labour hire workers are performing “prescribed work.” Prescribed work means the following (as defined in the Act): 

  • cleaning work; 
  • horticultural processing work; 
  • meat processing work; 
  • seafood processing work; 
  • trolley work; 
  • any other work of a kind prescribed by the regulations. 

The above industries have been identified by the South Australian Government and the Federal Government’s Migrant Workers’ Taskforce Report as posing higher risks of vulnerable worker exploitation. 

If you would like more information about engaging labour hire please contact Ai Group’s Workplace Advice Service on 1300 55 66 77. 

Alternatively, if you would like advice about the labour hire licensing schemes in your state please contact your local employment, workplace and industrial lawyer in Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Adelaide, Melbourne or Brisbane or email Ai Group Workplace Lawyers at

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