Labour / employment

Investing in international employees

In a smart move to mitigate risk and ensure a diversity of labour sources in a tightening labour market, General Manager Craig Boyce and his wife and staff trainer Anne have been successfully recruiting and employing workers, other than backpackers, from overseas to work in the orchards and packing shed. Craig started working [...]

By |January 30th, 2017|Labour / employment, Profile, Queensland|

New hub for jobs in the Apple Isle

In an initiative between the Tasmanian Government and agricultural industry representatives, Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff today launched a new website to attract people to agricultural jobs in the Apple Isle. The Tasmanian Agricultural Jobs website is an online hub for people looking for seasonal, casual, part- or full-time roles in agriculture across Tasmania. There is [...]

By |December 14th, 2016|Labour / employment, Tasmania|

Stanthorpe top pick for pilot program

Stanthorpe is set to host a pilot program on 22 November for people working in fruit-growing businesses in the region who want to learn new ideas around recruitment, looking after staff and succession planning. Book now Run by Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL), the GROW Network workshop is a professional development [...]

By |November 11th, 2016|Labour / employment, News, Queensland|

Your workforce – what are the issues?

A pilot study on the fruit industry skilled workforce will take place in the Goulburn Valley over the next 12 months. The Goulburn Valley is a major producer of processed and fresh fruit, generating approximately $2.14 billion in value in 2013. A pilot study on the fruit industry skilled workforce will take place in [...]

By |September 6th, 2016|Labour / employment, News, Victoria|

Australian fruit supply could drop

The CEO of Australia’s industry body representing apple and pear growers is asking the Federal Government to scrap all plans for the proposed backpacker tax to ensure there are enough workers to pick local fruit – or risk the supply of Australian fruit drying up. Australia's apple and pear industry heavily relies on backpackers [...]

By |August 22nd, 2016|APAL, Industry Issues, Labour / employment, News|

Growers support seasonal workers

Anecdotal evidence from apple and pear growers suggest that Pacific Islanders employed under the Seasonal Worker Programme can be significantly more productive than backpackers.  This supports a finding from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) that seasonal workers employed under the 416 visa harvested fruit at a much faster rate [...]

By |November 11th, 2015|Labour / employment, Victoria, WA|

Employers obliged to provide payslips

Apple and pear growers are reminded that, by law, all Australian employers must provide their employees with regular payslips. And those employing backpackers should be prepared for them to insist on receiving payslips along with signing their Working Holiday visa employment verification form. As of 31 August 2015 anyone applying for a second Working Holiday [...]

By |October 20th, 2015|Labour / employment, News|

New tax changes may increase illegal employment

Author: Annie Farrow Industry Services Manager, APAL 03 9329 3511 APAL is concerned that new tax rules applying to temporary working holiday makers, 417 and 462 Visa holders, will create incentives that will cause workers and the contract labour firms that might manage them to work illegally. In the 2015–16 Budget the Government proposed [...]

By |August 27th, 2015|Industry Issues, Labour / employment|

Seasonal workers are more efficient than working holiday makers

Author: Annie Farrow Industry Services Manager, APAL 03 9329 3511 Growers are urged to revisit the costs of employing seasonal workers after an Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) analysis has indicated seasonal workers are, on average, 22% more efficient than their working holiday maker counterparts. The analysis [...]

By |August 26th, 2015|Labour / employment|

APAL’s submission to Seasonal Worker Inquiry

View the Final submission to Seasonal Worker inquiry

By |August 26th, 2015|Government submissions, Labour / employment|