The Australian Workers Union (AWU) has made an application to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to change the Horticulture Award to install a ‘floor’ on piecework arrangements, so that the worker must earn at least the minimum hourly rate (presently $24.36 for casuals); and require employers to keep a record of the pieceworker’s hours as a “time and wages” record.

AUSVEG, via the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) Horticulture Council, is contesting this application and is calling on growers to provide further information to inform the FWC’s consideration of the application.

In particular, we are seeking statements from growers and workers that demonstrate the importance of piecework rates to the farm businesses’ and individual workers’ financial returns.

The NFF is also seeking general economic data regarding the use of piece rates by horticultural industries.

If you are a grower and use piece rates, or wish to discuss how to become involved, please contact AUSVEG National Manager – Public Affairs Tyson Cattle at, or phone 03 9882 0277, or contact Ben Rogers from the NFF at

The NFF’s submission, including any grower statements, must be submitted by 14 May 2021 and the FWC is scheduled to hear the matter 6-8 July 2021.