If your farm has employees covered under any of the Pastoral, Horticulture, or Poultry Awards (2010), there are important changes which came into effect on 1 October 2018, and some more for casuals employed in Horticulture from 2 April 2019.

April 2019 Changes

The Horticulture Award now has requirements to pay overtime for casual employees from 2 April 2019.  You can read more about these changes in this Cooper Grace Ward article.

October 2018 Changes

Regular casual employees covered by these awards can now request to be made permanent part-time or full-time employees.

The Horticulture Award also now requires that employers covered by the Horticulture Award must now engage casual employees for a minimum of 2 hours.  There are also some other proposed changes to the Horticulture Award you should be aware of.

You can read more about the changes in this Cooper Grace Ward article.