By Growcom CEO David Thomson

Growcom is again proudly partnering with the Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) to help farm businesses reduce risks and increase their efficiency and compliance through a series of workshops across Queensland.

The highly-regarded Workplace Essentials workshops are hitting the road for their fourth consecutive year to visit major production regions including Goondiwindi, St. George and Roma, Beerwah, Bowen and Bundaberg.

The full-day workshops, funded by the Queensland Government through the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, will be catered to the needs of each region with an overall focus on workplace relations, understanding labour hire licensing and improving workplace health and safety.

So far the response to the program has been overwhelming, with more than 630 farmers attending a workshop between 2016-2018.

The program has achieved resounding success with 98% of participants stating the workshops 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 2019 workshops will be presented by a team of industry experts including well respected industry consultants Donna Mogg and Rebecca Fing as well as representatives from QAWN, WorkCover Queensland, AustSafe/Sunsuper and the Office of Industrial Relations.

Our own Fair Farms Program Manager Thomas Hertel will also be giving an overview of the Fair Farms Program during the Beerwah and Bowen workshops.

We encourage growers to attend one of these workshops so they can gain a clearer understanding of where the gaps are in their policies and practices. Participants will be provided with industry relevant best practice resources to help address those gaps and establish positive practices in their workplaces.

The 2019 workshops will be held in the following regions:

Goondiwindi – 26 March
St. George – 27 March
Roma – 28 March
Beerwah – 2 April
Bowen – 2 May
– 10 May

More information and registration is available on the Growcom website: