Taking on Your First Employee
There are several things you should check before taking on your first employee. A little homework will make things easier, cover all the legal aspects and help you to achieve your goal of increasing your productivity and profitability.
For further information visit sa.gov.au website or contact one of our Business Development Officers at Regional Development Australia Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu & Kangaroo Island
Looking for information on the Fairwork Australia legislation? The Fairwork Australia website has information on laws, awards and conditions requirements that relate to your business.
Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Please see the Australian Apprenticeships website for more information on Apprenticeships and Traineeships.
Employment and Workplace Arrangements
For information on employer responsibilities, employment incentives, employee entitlements, agreements and contracts, Occupational Health and Safety download the SafeWork SA Workplace Health and Safety Handbook or visit the SafeWork SA website for more general information.
For information relating to SA specific information for employers and employees take a look at the South Australian Government sa.gov.au business website.
Responsible Officer Training
Did you know that Occupational Health and Safety accountability lies with the Responsible Officer? So, who is the Responsible Officer in your organisation?
The Responsible Officer in your organisation is the most senior officer or member of the governing body of the organisation who resides within the State. That means that the chief executive officer, the director, the owner or - in many circumstances in South Australia - the single business owner is the person responsible for safety across the whole organisation.
If an employee is hurt or seriously injured in your workplace - the buck stops with the Responsible Officer.
Changes to Legislation
Under Section 61 of the OHS&W Act, every body corporate is required to appoint one or more Responsible Officers. The Responsible Officer is required to "take reasonable steps to ensure compliance by the body corporate of its obligations under this Act".
Changes to the legislation in 2005 made training for Responsible Officers compulsory.
Business SA can help you comply with the legislated changes. As the leading provider of OH&S training in South Australia, Business SA can provide a range of training solutions - from face-to-face to online training, which assists the busy Responsible Officer to meet their legal and moral obligations quickly and easily.
To see the range of options available to undertake Responsible Officer Training, telephone visit the Business SA training portal.