Lockyer Valley farmers are invited to a free, one-day Workplace Essentials workshop to be held in Gatton on 13 December. The workshop will focus on workplace relations, understanding the recently introduced Labour Hire Licensing laws and improving workplace safety.

Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) Officer for Southern Queensland, Karen George said the Workplace Essentials workshop series has been delivered in major production regions around the state for the past three years with enormous success.

“Workplace Essentials workshops support the development of a modern and capable agricultural workforce by providing information and resources to farm business owners, driving continuous improvement in their workplace relations and workplace health and safety procedures and practices,” Ms George said.

“By attending these workshops employers gain a much clearer understanding of where the gaps are in their policies and practices. Importantly, they are also provided with useful links to industry relevant best practice resources to help address those gaps and establish positive practices in the workplace.

“There are a lot of regulations and responsibilities and there is sometimes confusion amongst farm business managers about what is needed to be compliant with workplace laws. The Workplace Essentials workshops are all about reducing industry vulnerability by keeping farmers up to date and helping them to do the right thing.”

The upcoming Lockyer Valley workshop will cover:

  • The Fair Farms Initiative.
  • Workplace relations – the most common compliance problems.
  • Employer rights and responsibilities when working with Labour Hire providers.
  • Workplace health and safety compliance and creating a safe on-farm environment.

The workshop will be presented by a team of industry experts including employment relations consultant, Donna Mogg, and Director Labour Hire Licensing, Office of Industrial Relations, Natalie Wakefield.

Between 2016 – 2018, over 630 participants have attended a Workplace Essentials workshop, from a diverse range of agricultural industries including broad acre cropping, grains, cotton, grazing and horticulture.

The program has achieved resounding success with 98% of participants stating the workshop helped identify gaps in current practices and 99% of participants stating they would be implementing workplace management improvements as a result of what they learnt.

The Workplace Essentials workshop is proudly sponsored by the Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network, Growcom, AustSafe Super and the Queensland Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.


DATE: Thursday, 13 December 2018
TIME: 9am – 3pm
LOCATION: Gatton Research Facility, Warrego highway, Lawes 4343
COST: Free, morning tea and lunch provided.
RSVP: http://bit.ly/2OZdbi6