For several years now, Growcom has been keeping its members and wider agribusinesses across Queensland up-to-date with the latest employment relations, workplace health and safety information, and management tools through Workplace Essentials workshops.

The latest set of workshops, facilitated by the Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN), have been delivered in Goondiwindi, St George, Roma, Beerwah and Bowen, with a final workshop being held in Bundaberg on 10 May.

Delivered in a single day, these workshops cover a range of topics tailored to the needs of each region, including:

Human Resources

  • Risk management
  • Codes of Conduct
  • Induction and onboarding
  • Managing performance
  • What happens when workers leave and unfair dismissal
  • Labour Hire and accessorial liability
  • Labour Hire licensing and compliance
  • Award updates
  • Fair Farms and Growcom Employment Relations services
  • Getting the legal stuff right
  • Attracting the right people
  • Getting the best out of your team

Workplace Health and Safety (WHS)

  • Personal stories from Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Safety Advocates on their WHS incidents
  • Safe workplaces and safety systems
  • Compliance and enforcement updates from Workplace Health and Safety Queensland
  • Common injuries and prevention
  • Further information and available training

The 2019 workshops have been presented by Employment Relations Consultant Donna Mogg, Rebecca Fing from House Paddock consulting, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Safety Advocates, Work Cover Queensland, the Office of Industrial Relations and Labour Hire Licensing with additional information provided by the Department of Human Services, Farm Household Allowance, TAFE QLD training and Back To Work Officers.

Feedback from the workshops has been extremely positive with countless praises given to Safety Advocates: Jodie and Mario Cocco, and Garry Nichols. QAWN and Growcom sincerely thank them for sharing their personal stories on the importance of workplace health and safety.

All participants said they would be implementing workplace management improvements as a result of what they learnt from the workshops. They recommended the workshop to their peers and said they would benefit from similar workshops in the future.

The Workplace Essentials Workshops are proudly funded by the Queensland Government through the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and supported by QAWN, Growcom and Sunsuper.

For further information or to request a future workshop near you, please contact me via email:

The Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) is an industry-led rural jobs initiative funded by the  Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.