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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
**NEW** – Harvest Trail Inquiry Report
The Fair Work Ombudsman released its Harvest Trail Inquiry report on 22 November, 2018, recommending a range of measures including broader education around workplace rights and obligations, including the rules around contracting labour, record-keeping and payslips and piecework arrangements.
Note – the FWO report commends a number of growers who, when unable to determine the pay received by their outsourced employees met requirements, took steps to source employees direct.
Read the full Harvest Trail Inquiry report
Seasonal work – Harvest Jobs
APAL does not hire seasonal workers. Please use the following resources to check requirements for working in Australia and search for available jobs.
The Australian Government’s Harvest Trail website links job seekers with harvest jobs. Employers can list jobs in addition to resources for people looking for seasonal work.
Visit the Harvest Jobs website
Know your obligations/entitlements
Visit the Australian Government website to check the workplace regulations regarding:
- Managing your labour contracting
- Labour Hire licensing laws (Vic, QLD, SA)
- Piece rates and commissions
- Payslips and record keeping
Fair Farms Initiative
The Fair Farms Initiative is a national program delivered by Growcom with some funding from the Fair Work Ombudsman to help provide growers with the resources needed to ensure compliance with workplace relations requirements and enable them to demonstrate this compliance to prospective employees.
The pilot program began in September this year and a full roll-out is expected in early 2019.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced $1.5m in ongoing funding for the program in November 2018.
Visit the Fair Farms Initiative site