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 [...]
The national Fair Farms Initiative (FFI) designed to improve workplace relations practices across Australian horticulture was given an additional $1.5m in ongoing funding last week. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the ongoing funding for the [...]
The Prime Minister has announced changes to the Working Holiday Maker and Seasonal Workers Programme (SWP) visas growers rely on to address labour challenges in Australia. Changes to the Working Holiday Maker program will let [...]
Prime Minister Scott Morrison indicated support for the new Ag Visa program at the National Farmer’s Federation (NFF) Congress last week, but only on the condition that “hard data” was supplied. The NFF Congress convened [...]
**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