Horticulture Industry Update

Horticulture Industry Update

The Fair Work Ombudsman has been monitoring workplace compliance in the horticulture industry. The release of the Harvest Trail Inquiry in 2018 reported widespread non-compliance in the sector particularly regarding underpayment. The Fair Work Ombudsman has been...
Regional Businesses Desperate For Employees

Regional Businesses Desperate For Employees

Many businesses like pubs and hotels in regional WA are struggling to stay open without backpackers to fill casual positions. Small country towns rely on backpackers to staff hotels, pick fruit or help with harvest during the busy months. However, WA’s hard border...
Quad Bikes The Biggest Killer On Australian Farms

Quad Bikes The Biggest Killer On Australian Farms

In 2020 fourteen people have been killed by quad bikes on Australian farms, nearly double the total of eight from last year. Last month a 12-year-old boy tragically died after a quad bike crash north of Alice Springs. On average 15 people die while riding a quad bike...
Farm Safety Week 2020

Farm Safety Week 2020

Agriculture is a unique industry. It is made up of a higher proportion of self-employed and older workers than any other industry. Agricultural workers often live on-site and work alone, operating machinery or lifting heavy loads. These facts make safety an important...
Underpayment Of Farm Workers

Underpayment Of Farm Workers

A labour-hire company has been penalised $22,440 after underpaying 80 workers on a Queensland mushroom farm. Eighty workers were underpaid a total of $78,664 over eight months during 2014 on the mushroom farm in Stapylton. The penalty is delivered by the Federal Court...
Child Saftey On Farms

Child Saftey On Farms

For children, the farm is an adventurous and exciting place to play, with lots of hiding places and makeshift play equipment. However, farms present hazards not found in urban homes that can lead to a child’s serious injury or tragic fatality. Research has found that...

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