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Worker and employer rights

Workers and employers have rights when working and trading within South Australia. The support and services the state provides range from work health and safety and industrial relations to education and compliance. 


Your rights and responsibilities at work

The Fair Work Ombudsman works with employees, employers and the community to educate and encourage compliance with Australia's workplace laws. The ombudsman can help you to understand your rights and responsibilities at work, and can answer questions about your workplace entitlements. 

SafeWork SA is responsible for providing work health and safety, public safety and state-based industrial relations services across South Australia.


Industrial relations

The Industrial Relations Court oversees cases relating to employment law, workplace matters and industrial offences.

The Industrial Relations Commission plays a major role in establishing enforceable conditions of employment and in the prevention and resolution of disputes between employers and employees of the public sector, almost all government business enterprises and local government in South Australia.


Discrimination in the workplace

It is unlawful to discriminate against people because of their personal characteristics or because they belong to a certain group. The Commissioner for Equal Opportunity is independent and has the power to assess and resolve complaints of discrimination. 

Equal Opportunity Commission website

South Australian Employment Tribunal

The South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET) is the dispute resolution forum for South Australia’s Return to Work scheme. SAET provides timely, fair and independent resolution of workers compensation matters and helps injured workers return to meaningful employment.

In 2017, SAET will expand to hear a broader range of disputes. Read more about the changes.