Bundaberg Workplace Essentials workshop to help farmers reduce risks and increase efficiency

Farmers from the Bundaberg Region are invited to a free Workplace Essentials workshop to be held on 10 May at Bundaberg Recreational Precinct from 12:10pm to 4:15pm. 

The highly-regarded Workplace Essentials workshops are hitting the road for their fourth consecutive year to help farm employers reduce risks and increase efficiency and compliance in their businesses. The Bundaberg workshop is catered to the needs of the region with an overall focus on workplace relations, understanding labour hire licensing and improving workplace health and safety.

Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) Officer for Southern Queensland, Karen George said the Workplace Essentials workshops have been delivered in major production regions around the state for the past three years with enormous success.

“The Workplace Essentials workshops support the development of a capable agricultural workforce by providing information and resources to farm business owners from a diverse range of agricultural industries including broad acre cropping, grains, cotton, grazing and horticulture,” Ms George said.

“These workshops are all about reducing industry vulnerability by keeping farmers up to date with workplace laws and helping them to do the right thing.” Guest speaker and Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Safety Advocate Garry Nichols will also be giving a special presentation about the importance of tractor safety. Garry has a firsthand understand of the dangers of tractors after a rural tractor roll-over incident resulted in traumatic injuries, including the loss of his leg.

“Every year about 40 people die due to workplace related incidents in Queensland, and around 5000 Queenslanders will suffer some kind of permanent injury. Tractors are the second main cause of injury in agriculture in Queensland,” Garry said.

“A small lapse in concentration and you could end up seriously injured or worse. In my case it was a tractor. You may be driving home or walking across the road. A split second is all it takes.

“I hope my story will inspire others to take safety seriously and consider the impacts an injury can have families, friends and colleagues.”

The Bundaberg workshop will be presented by a team of industry experts including: Donna Mogg, Employment Relations Consultant; Natalie Wakefield, Director, Labour Hire Licensing Compliance Unit, Office of Industrial Relations; and representatives from QAWN, WorkCover Queensland and Sunsuper.

The Workplace Essentials Workshops are proudly supported and funded by the Queensland Government through the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Workshop Details

Bundaberg: 10 May, 12:10pm to 4:15pm – Bundaberg Recreational Precinct – University Dr, Branyan

More information and registration is available on the Growcom website: https://www.growcom.com.au/workplace-essentials-workshops-are-back/


For further comment: Karen George, QAWN Officer Southern Queensland, on 0408 135 003.

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