The Fair Work Ombudsman has continued to monitor workplace compliance in the agriculture sector with inspectors investigating more than 190 businesses in four states to ensure workers are getting the right pay.

As part of its two-year Agriculture Strategy, inspectors have since December inspected farms and orchards growing various types of crops in Coffs Harbour and Grafton in northern New South Wales; the Riverland region in South Australia; Wide Bay and Moreton Bay in Queensland; and north west Victoria.

Inspectors were on alert for unlawful low rates of pay and record-keeping and pay-slip breaches.

The FWO’s Horticulture Showcase has self-audit tools, templates for employers hiring pieceworkers and a range of resources for migrant workers.

Employers and employees can visit or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 for free advice and assistance about their rights and obligations in the workplace.

A free interpreter service is available on 13 14 50.

Employers need to record different information for employees on piece rate and award rate.

Find information on what needs to be included by clicking on the links above or take this free 30-minute record keeping and pay-slip course developed by the FWO.

Find more resources on the FWO Horticulture homepage here.