Labour / employment

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. 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|

Indonesia-Australian agreement paves way for more workers

On 4 March, the Australian government signed the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement after eight years of negotiations. Part of the agreement will see an increase the amount of work and holiday visas for Indonesians from 1000 to 5000, which will increase the number of seasonal workers available next season. The agreement should not otherwise [...]

By |March 5th, 2019|Labour / employment, News|

Tuvalu workers ready to pick your apples and pears

Workers from the tiny South Pacific island nation of Tuvalu are among those keen to take on harvest jobs in Australia under the Seasonal Workers Program (SWP). Tuvalu, a collection of low-lying atolls and coral reefs north of Fiji and Samoa, with a population of just over 11,000, has been hard hit by both climate [...]

By |January 9th, 2019|Labour / employment|

Expanded labour options, but some new laws too

A lot has changed on the labour front since last harvest. Rob Hayes, Victorian State Manager of the National Harvest Labour Information Service (NHLIS) provides an update on changes to labour law, labour-hire licensing and visa flexibility and a word of advice to growers to take care they know and comply with newly-introduced laws. The [...]

By |January 9th, 2019|Labour / employment, News|

Protecting Workers – Agriculture’s Licence to Operate

Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL) has categorically condemned the mistreatment of agricultural workers and denounced unscrupulous operators who damage the ‘clean, green’ reputation of Australian industry as a whole. Responding to the Harvest Trail Inquiry final report released by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO), APAL has expressed serious concern at the level of non-compliance detailed [...]

By |November 26th, 2018|Labour / employment, News|