With increasing domestic and international demand for nutritious, quality dairy products, the Australian dairy industry is poised for significant growth. For many dairy farm businesses, this requires hiring more staff, and Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) is working hard for greater flexibility and pragmatism in workplace relations.
The Pastoral Award 2010 states that part-time and casual employees are required to be engaged for a minimum of three hours per shift. This minimum was not in the previous (1998) version of the Award. Farmers must roster workers according to animal needs and this may involve working two, one and a half hour shifts to make three hours each day, rather than three hours per shift.
- Reduce or remove the three-hour minimum engagement requirement from the Pastoral Award 2010 or make it more flexible to acknowledge the unique workforce requirements of the dairy industry in needing to milk cows twice a day.