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

Getting Fair Work Compliant On Farm workshops are coming to the NT soon …. Make sure you get your head around your legal requirements and get all the right systems and records in place.

  • Katherine – 11am-3pm 15 August
  • Darwin – 11am-3pm 17 August

Delivered by Growcom’s Annabel Hutch and horticulture workplace relations specialist, Donna Mogg, the workshop includes:

  • a risk assessment activity to “stress test” your business’ compliance with Fair Work requirements
  • an introduction to the Hort360 Workplace Relations module
  • ideas for managing tricky issues such as poor performance, inappropriate conduct, disputes, or termination of employment
  • tips for dealing with labour hire contractors and avoiding claims against your business
  • issues raised by the Fair Work Ombudsman that need to be addressed in horticulture businesses
Register now! Email admin@ntfarmers.org.au or phone Growcom on 07 3620 3844.

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.