Labour / employment

Proposed changes to Horticulture Award

The Fair Work Commission is currently finalising changes to employee arrangements within the Horticulture Award. The Commission’s provisional view is that overtime will be introduced to the arrangements for casual employees. It involves an average of hours worked over eight weeks, those hours being worked between 6am and 6pm Monday to Friday, and Saturday by [...]

By |May 16th, 2018|Industry Issues, Labour / employment, News|

Tasmania state report – Apr/May 2018

Mid-January saw news arrive for Tasmanian apple growers that they thought they’d never hear: outbreaks of Queensland fruit fly. Tasmanian apple growers Shane Weeks (left) and Brett Squibb (right) are following new protocols to transport their fruit outside the state. Detections occurred on Flinders Island in Bass Strait, then at Spreyton, Sassafras and [...]

By |April 20th, 2018|Labour / employment, Tasmania|

Labour shortfall prompts automation research

If there’s a single common challenge hovering over Australia’s pome fruit industry it’s labour – specifically, a shortage thereof – prompting 2018 Nuffield scholar Bisi Oladele to look into packhouse automation. As the technical manager for Geoffrey Thompson Fruit Packing at Shepparton, Bisi oversees all quality control and compliance aspects of one of Australia’s biggest [...]

Pacific Island workers good for business and families

With recent Government statistics showing a sharp drop in the number of working visa applicants, apple and pear growers need to have a range of options for harvest labour. The experience of major citrus producer Costa Group shows how the Seasonal Worker Programme is delivering results elsewhere in the horticulture industry. Jone Dusilele Raitani [...]

By |April 20th, 2018|Labour / employment|

Fair Farms Initiative supports growers and farm workers

With the treatment of farm workers in the national media spotlight and an increased focus in Australia’s Fair Work laws on the protection of vulnerable employees, now – more than ever –growers must ensure their employment practices are up to scratch. To help growers with employment matters and support the fair treatment of workers, [...]

By |March 27th, 2018|Labour / employment, News|

Best practices around managing harvest labour

Harvest is a busy and stressful time. That is why it is important to implement some good practices when it comes to sourcing and maintaining labour to make this process run as smoothly as possible, rather than have it add to your stress. Planning what labour you need during harvest and building relationships with your [...]

By |February 14th, 2018|Harvest management, Labour / employment|

Tasmania state report – Aug/Sep 2017

As Tasmanian growers prepare for the forth-coming season, a new resource will ensure their workers receive the best awareness of farm safety. Alex Beem films Safe Farming chairman Corey Spencer and dog Rocket during a section on ATV safety. Fruit Growers Tasmania (FGT) has been working with Phillip John of the Department of [...]

By |August 1st, 2017|Labour / employment, Tasmania|

Pedestrian orchards better for workers and growers

Australia is, if not already, very close to being the highest price orchard labour market in the world. Availability of labour seems acceptable at present but many growers are starting to find availability of skilled labour an increasing constraint to future business confidence.   Pickers will be more likely to want to work in [...]

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|