Labour / employment

Opportunity to trial online WHS system

Australian apple and pear growing businesses have the opportunity to participate in a free trial of an online workplace health and safety (WHS) management system. APAL is working with South Australian-based Safe Ag Systems to provide an opportunity for eight businesses, of varying size and location, to participate in a three-month free trial of the software. [...]

Water shortage a unifying issue

From left: Stuart Burgess (Tas), Susie Green (SA), Robert Hardie (NSW), Mitchell McNab (Vic), and Nardia Stacy (WA). Supporting growers to manage orchards in the face of looming water shortages was top of the agenda when apple and pear industry leaders met in Melbourne this week. State Association representatives from across the country [...]

Fair Farms launches nationally

  Fair Farms, the industry-developed workplace training and certification program for employers in the Australian horticulture industry, was officially launched on Monday June 24 at Hort Connections in Melbourne. Developed by the peak representative body for Queensland horticulture, Growcom, Fair Farms is the industry’s proactive response to identified problems around workplace compliance and exploitation within [...]

SPC sold for $40 million

Coca-Cola Amatil is selling its Victorian-based Shepparton Preserving Company (SPC) fruit and vegetable processing business to the Shepparton Partners Collective for $40 million. Shepparton Partners Collective, a joint venture between Perma Funds Management and The Eights, said it would focus on reducing the complexity at SPC and product innovation. SPC employs 500 permanent staff and a [...]

By |June 5th, 2019|Exporting, Labour / employment, News, Victoria|

Labour Hire Scheme begins in Victoria

  Victoria's first Labour Hire Licensing Scheme begins this week. Labour hire providers have six months (until 30 October) to obtain or apply for a licence, or else face penalties. The Andrews Labor Government has held more than 30 information sessions since March to help providers understand their obligations, and a further public information campaign to [...]

By |April 30th, 2019|Labour / employment, News, Victoria|

Single Touch Payroll includes smaller businesses from July

Single Touch Payroll (STP) is a new way of reporting tax and super information to the ATO. The requirement first came into effect 1 July 2018 for employers with over 20 employees, and now parliament has passed legislation to extend STP to all employers starting 1 July 2019. This will be a gradual start, and not all employers will [...]

By |April 16th, 2019|Labour / employment, News, Tools and calculators|

Victoria introduces new labour hire licensing scheme

This summary originally appeared on Citrus Australia on 1 April. The new labour hire licensing scheme will commence in Victoria on 29 April 2019. The Victorian Parliament passed the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018 (the Act) following the Victorian Inquiry into Labour Hire and Insecure Work. Labour hire is generally where one business provides labour [...]

By |April 10th, 2019|Labour / employment, News|

Industry blindsided by 15 April deadline

The apple and pear industry has been blindsided by a 14-day timeframe for the implementation of complex casual wage changes. The Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) decision to require casual employees to be paid overtime under the Horticulture Award from 15 April 2019 has left growers woefully short of time to get abreast of and implement [...]

By |April 10th, 2019|Industry Issues, Labour / employment, News|

Overtime on casual pay rates to take effect from 15 April

Employers will be required to pay overtime to casual workers from 15 April under changes to the Horticulture Award formally handed down yesterday by The Fair Work Commission. The Commission has determined to adopt the ‘conciliated proposal’ with new requirements to take effect from the first full pay period on or after 15 April 2019. While the changes [...]

By |April 3rd, 2019|Industry Issues, Labour / employment, News|

Looking after workers, looking after business

“Protecting the rights of workers is essential to the future profitability and sustainability of Australian agriculture,” - APAL CEO, Phil Turnbull. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8fClybB_Hs Seasonal farm workers employed on apple and pear orchards are essential to the industry and their contributions are highly valued by growers. Without them the industry would not have enough workers to pick [...]

By |March 12th, 2019|Hot topics, Labour / employment|