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.