Working and workers' rights

Rights at work

Equal opportunity

Workers are protected by law against discrimination on a range of grounds including age, gender and race. Learn about your rights and how to deal with complaints as an employee and responsibilities as an employer on the Equal Opportunity Commission website.

Fair treatment

If you have a complaint involving rehabilitation and return to work you can approach ReturntoWorkSA.

If you are an apprentice or trainee and you have a problem, a disagreement or a dispute with your employer, contact a consultant at Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services for impartial advice. You can lodge an application with the Industrial Court if you are not able to resolve the matter.

The Fair Work Ombudsman can help resolve general disputes between workers and their employers.

Unfair dismissal

Read the Industrial Relation Commission's guide to unfair dismissal, or get advice from the Equal Opportunity Commission.

Find out what unfair dismissal and termination mean under federal and state law, and what action employees can take.

Work without harassment and bullying

If you think you're a victim of sexual harassment or victimisation, contact the Equal Opportunity Commission or the State Ombudsman.

You can make a complaint to the Equal Opportunity Commission if you believe that you have been victimised for:

  • using equal opportunity laws
  • making, or intending to make a complaint or report about corruption, misconduct or maladministration in public administration under the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012
  • for providing, or intending to provide information to ICAC in connection with an investigation under the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012
  • for making an appropriate disclosure of public interest information under the Whistleblowers Protection Act 1993.

Practical advice for employers and employees on dealing with the many kinds of workplace bullying and harassment can be found on the SafeWork SA website.

Safe work conditions

Your employer should provide you with safe work conditions. You have the right to refuse unsafe work. If you are asked to do something that you think may be unsafe, stop and talk to your supervisor or health and safety representative.

Read more about work health and safety laws at the SafeWorkSA website.

If an injury occurs at work contact your employer’s claims agent or ReturntoWorkSA on 13 18 55 as soon as possible.

Notice of termination

Learn about the rules governing termination of employment in South Australia and find out about the required notice of termination and your entitlements.

Termination may result from:

The Legal Services Commission of South Australia also provides information and advice.

Employers must also observe minimum standards under fair work laws, in areas such as pay rates, leave, discrimination and termination of employment.


Related information

Other websites

If you feel physically threatened and need help, contact police assistance on 131 444.


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Page last updated 5 September 2017

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