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Labour Hire Update

Labour Hire Update Two more Australian states now have active labour licensing regimes in place with the implementation date passing. However there is still a transition period happening as the systems settle in. The State of Play The first day of November was the date when both Victoria and South Australia joined Queensland to have […]

A helping hand for Lockyer Valley growers

In good news for growers looking for workers in areas around Queensland’s Lockyer Valley, a new Harvest Office has opened in Gatton. How can a harvest office help? With funding from the Australian Government, Harvest Offices provide a no-cost service to help find workers to pick, pack and plant horticulture, cane, grain and cotton crops. […]

Finding harvest workers quickly and easily – Is it just luck?

It is a comment often heard; “I’m lucky, I was able to find good harvest workers this year”. This assumes that it should have been difficult to find a good workforce.  This assumption is supported by numerous references in the media, and from industry and politicians to the chronic shortage of horticulture workers and the […]

Seasonal Worker Programme – Regional Pilot

The Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) is proving very successful for many growers and a new variation is being tested to make it more available to crops with shorter seasons. The Pilot A trial within the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) is being undertaken so that crops with shorter harvest periods can access these highly motivated workers […]

Carnarvon – A true oasis in the desert

If you haven’t been to Carnarvon, half way up the Western Australian coastline, you’re not alone. At 890km north of Perth, Carnarvon is pretty remote.  It is usually only visited by those travellers lucky enough to be travelling between Perth and Broome, or Perth and Darwin, on the North West Coastal Highway. The upside down […]

Bonaccords Carmel Ingram wins award

Being presented with the Women in Horticulture Award at the recent Hort Connections Conference in Melbourne was a career highlight for East Gippsland farmer Carmel Ingram. The Ingram family are well known in the East Gippsland area. Their integrated vegetable production and transport business, Bonaccord, is named after the lane on which the family dairy […]

Labour Hire Update – for growers

Labour Hire Update Three states now have labour hire licensing laws – Queensland, Victoria and South Australia. Is this a national trend?  Will growers in the other states find it more difficult to prove ethical sourcing of labour for their markets without the support of a licensing regime for their labour hire contractors (LHC)? Queensland […]

Changes to pay rates

New pay rates for casual workers Casual workers in horticulture are now entitled to overtime payment in certain conditions and should get familiar with their entitlements under the Hort Award. A recent decision by the Fair Work Commission that changes the Hort Award, which sets the base pay rate for people working in horticulture, means […]