Primary Producers in the Lockyer Valley are invited to attend the highly regarded Workplace Essentials workshop being delivered in Gatton Thursday, 13 December.

A key focus of the workshop will be on workplace health and safety and creating a safe on-farm environment.

Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) Officer for Southern Queensland, Karen George said QAWN was pleased to announce Workplace Health and Safety Advocate, Mario Cocco will be speaking at the workshop.

“Mario and wife Jodie’s son, Domenic, at just seven years old, suffered life-threatening head injuries when he crashed a quad bike. He wasn’t wearing a helmet and had no training before he got on the quad bike,” Ms George said.

“The Cocco’s story really drives home the impact that an injury can have on kids, workers, their families, friends and colleagues. By the end, they will have everyone in the room thinking about the importance of quad bike safety.

“Over the last 15 years there have been 230 fatalities in Australia involving quad bikes, with around 8000 hospitalisations. Queensland accounted for one quarter of these fatalities and injuries – the highest percentage in the country.”

In addition to Workplace Safety, the Lockyer Valley workshop will also cover:

  • The Fair Farms Initiative.
  • Workplace relations – the most common compliance problems.
  • Employer rights and responsibilities when working with Labour Hire providers.

The workshop will be presented by a team of industry experts including employment relations consultant, Donna Mogg, Director Labour Hire Licensing, Office of Industrial Relations, Natalie Wakefield and Workplace Health and Safety Principal Inspector, Agriculture Unit, Jodie Lucas.

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.