Submission to Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017

Business SA has provided a comprehensive submission regarding the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 (SA). The objects of this Bill are to protect labour hire workers from exploitation and to ensure legitimate businesses are not competing against a small number of unscrupulous and predatory businesses who exploit their workers for market advantage. Business SA supports both of these objectives. However, we also expressed concern regarding the Bill’s broad definition of ‘labour hire’, the significant penalties which legitimate businesses could inadvertently incur, and extremely broad right of entry powers for the purposes of this scheme.

Business SA lobbies on behalf of members to ensure the voice of South Australian business is heard and that we achieve the best environment in which to do business. A significant part of that lobbying effort is through written submissions we make to all levels of government and other organisations such as utility companies, either in response to formal reviews of for example, legislation, or proactively where we wish to progress a particular issue not high enough on the government’s agenda. This might include submissions before the State Budget or where say, the government is reviewing options to reduce red-tape. We also make regular submissions to the Fair Work Commission to advocate the interests of our members with respect to Modern Awards and other industrial matters.

Business SA’s policy team relies heavily on member input into our submissions to ensure that we have the most comprehensive and current perspective from members for any position we take on your behalf. So if you are asked to complete a survey, speak with a policy team member on the phone or participate in a member forum, we appreciate your involvement as it all helps to strengthen the case of business.

Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 Submission

Date Published: September 2017

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