We administer a number of South Australian acts and regulations relating to:
- work health and safety (including public safety and mining)
- shop trading hours
- public holidays
- long service leave
- daylight saving
- dangerous substances, explosives and petroleum products
- employment agents
- clothing outworkers
- fair work and industrial relations.
We are committed to effective stakeholder consultation for all legislation in our jurisdiction before making any recommendations to the Treasurer.
Work health and safety
South Australia's work health and safety laws align with those in New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory and the Commonwealth who have all adopted the same national model laws.
Codes of Practice provide practical guidance on how to comply with your legal obligations. We have developed a glossary to help explain some of the terminology used in the legislation and Codes of Practice.
Work Health and Safety Act and Regulations
Mines and Works Inspection Act and Regulations
See our mining and quarrying page for further information
Shop trading hours
See our shop trading arrangements page for further information.
Public and bank holidays in South Australia are prescribed by the Holidays Act 1910.
While the Act prescribes every Sunday to be a public holiday this is generally not observed with the Sunday provisions contained in an Award or Enterprise Agreement prevailing over the public holiday provisions (e.g. some Awards and Agreements contain special provisions for when Christmas Day falls on a weekend).
Enquiries relating to rates of public holiday pay and entitlements for the South Australian private sector workforce should be directed to Fair Work Ombudsman.
Long Service Leave
See our long service leave page for further information.
South Australia observes daylight saving time.
Daylight Saving begins with clocks moving forward 1 hour at 2am on the first Sunday in October.
Daylight Saving time ends with clocks moving back 1 hour at 3am on the first Sunday in April.
Standard time is fixed throughout South Australia as 9 hours and 30 minutes in advance of Co-ordinated Universal Time, which is an internationally accepted time standard.
Dangerous substances, explosives and petroleum products
Dangerous Substances Act and Regulations
- Dangerous Substances Act 1979
- Dangerous Substances (General) Regulations 2017
- Dangerous Substances (Fees) Regulations 2017
- Dangerous Substances (Dangerous Goods Transport) Regulations 2008
See our chemicals and substances page for further information.
Explosives Act and Regulations
- Explosives Act 1936
- Explosives (Security Sensitive Substances) Regulations 2021
- Explosives Regulations 2011
- Explosives (Fireworks) Regulations 2016
See our explosives page for further information.