Author Archives: Rob Hayes

Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Peru – all part of the 462!

Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Peru – all part of the 462! Recent changes to the 462 Work and Holiday Visa are likely to see increasing numbers of people from Asia, Eastern Europe and South America actively seeking horticulture work in Australia for periods of up to three years. So what is the 462 visa and why […]

Bonaccords Carmel Ingram wins award

Being presented with the Women in Horticulture Award at the recent Hort Connections Conference in Melbourne was a career highlight for East Gippsland farmer Carmel Ingram. The Ingram family are well known in the East Gippsland area. Their integrated vegetable production and transport business, Bonaccord, is named after the lane on which the family dairy […]

Protecting migrant workers focus of new report

Protecting migrant workers focus of new report The Federal Government has released a report listing 22 recommendations to better protect migrant workers, including those working in horticulture picking fruit. “The report contains recommendations that could have significant implications for the horticulture industry,” said Mr Rob Hayes, State Manager – Harvest Trail (Victoria), MADEC. After almost […]

Tread carefully when going onto farms

Tread carefully when going onto farms Visitors to Australia planning to work in regional and rural Australia doing seasonal work can help farmers keep their crops safe from nasty pests and diseases and need to learn how before getting a farm job. “Farmers appreciate workers who understand the importance of farm biosecurity – practices or […]

Prove you paid workers properly, or face court

Prove you paid workers properly, or face court Employers, including growers, who are accused of underpayment of their employees must disprove the claim or face prosecution and penalties, with the first case now before court.  Federal legislative changes in employment law mean that the reverse onus of proof now applies to breaches of the National […]

Migrant worker report has implications for growers

Migrant worker report has implications for growers The Federal Government has released a report on migrant workers, including those in horticulture, that recommends a national labour hire registration scheme and stronger enforcement against employers who don’t pay their staff properly. “The report contains recommendations that could have significant implications for the horticulture industry,” said Mr […]