Online food-delivery service Foodora is leaving the Australian market. The company first launched in Australia in 2015 and will stop operating this month.

A statement from the company released on Thursday says Foodora will "cease operations in response to a shift in focus towards other markets where the company currently sees a higher potential for growth."

The company's commercial rivals in Australia include UberEats and Deliveroo.

Foodora has said it will "fully utilise its resources to ensure employees find suitable alternative roles, as well as support partners and contractors during this transition."

In June the Fairwork Ombudsman announced it will take legal action against Foodora Australia Pty Ltd. over alleged sham contracts under which three workers were employed. The case could set a precedent for other workers in similar, so-called "gig-economy" employment situations engaged as independent contractors. There is currently no indication that the allegations are connected to the company leaving Australian.