The Fair Farms Initiative aims to ensure that workers are treated fairly while they are employed in horticultural farms and pack houses.

While the majority of growers aim to do the right thing, sadly the actions of a few attract significant media coverage and tarnish the reputation of the industry as a whole. This increases the risk of losing workers to other industries – or even other travel destinations.

The Fair Farms Initiative supports growers with tools and information to implement employment practices that comply with workplace relations laws and industry standards – and to demonstrate this to customers and the wider community.

This national project is being delivered by Growcom in partnership with Freshcare and is funded by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

While it has a focus on vulnerable workers, the initiative aims to benefit all workers and growers in the longer term. Growcom and Freshcare will work closely with state and national horticulture industry groups, retailers and supply chain stakeholders to ensure the initiative meets the needs of all industry members.

Introducing the Fair Farms Initiative team

Donna Mogg
Horticulture Workplace Relations Specialist

Clare Hamilton-Bate
Freshcare Executive Officer

Rachel Mackenzie
Growcom Chief Advocate

Annabel Hutch
Growcom Workplace Relations Advisor

Jane Muller
Growcom Senior Project and Policy Officer

The project team will be available to attend industry conferences and field days. The Farm Farms Initiative will have a strong presence at the Hort Connections conference in Adelaide in May this year. Come along and meet the team at the Workplace Relations Workshop or the Workplace Relations Hub in the conference trade show.

For further information contact the Fair Farms Initiative Project Manager:

Jane Muller
jmuller@growcom.com.au
07 3620 3844

To register your interest in a workplace relations risk assessment for your business, contact Growcom’s Workplace Relations Advisor:

Annabel Hutch
ahutch@growcom.com.au
07 3620 3844

The Fair Farms Initiative is supported by the Fair Work Ombudsman
through the Community Engagement Grants Program.