From February 1, 2019 any winery or grape grower using labour hire services (including vineyard contracting providers, picking and pruning gangs) must verify whether their provider is required to be licensed under the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017.
Engaging an unlicensed provider, contrary to the requirements of the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017, could result in penalties of up to $400,000 and a three year jail term.
Procedures and systems need to be in place prior to vintage 2019 to ensure you comply with your obligations as a client/host when using labour hire services.
SAWIA will be presenting briefing sessions across SA’s wine regions designed for wine industry employers (wine producers, vineyard owners and winegrape growers) and providers of vineyard contracting services to assist in understanding the obligations and minimising the risk of penalties.
SAWIA will be conducting a session in the Riverland on Wednesday, September 26.
The presentation will cover safety obligations as a client and provider of vineyard contracting services.
Further information and registration is available online.