Work­place Es­sen­tials work­shop re­turns

Gatton Star - - LIFE INTO RURAL -

LOCK­YER Val­ley farm­ers are in­vited to a free one-day Work­place Es­sen­tials work­shop in Gat­ton on De­cem­ber 13.

The work­shop will fo­cus on work­place re­la­tions, un­der­stand­ing the re­cently in­tro­duced Labour Hire Li­cens­ing laws and im­prov­ing work­place safety.

Queens­land Agri­cul­ture Work­force Net­work of­fi­cer for south­ern Queens­land Karen Ge­orge said the Work­place Es­sen­tials work­shop se­ries had been de­liv­ered in ma­jor pro­duc­tion re­gions across 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.”

The work­shop will cover the Fair Farms Ini­tia­tive, work­place re­la­tions, 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 Na­talie Wake­field, labour hire li­cens­ing di­rec­tor for the Of­fice of In­dus­trial Re­la­tions. The pro­gram has achieved re­sound­ing suc­cess, with 98 per cent of par­tic­i­pants agree­ing the work­shop helped iden­tify gaps in cur­rent prac­tices and 99 per cent of par­tic­i­pants say­ing they would be im­ple­ment­ing work­place man­age­ment im­prove­ments as a re­sult of what they had learned.

WORK­SHOP DE­TAILS

DATE: Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 13

TIME: 9am-3pm

LO­CA­TION: Gat­ton Re­search Fa­cil­ity, War­rego High­way, Lawes

COST: Free, morn­ing tea and lunch pro­vided

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