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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
**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