Farm Management

Workshops to improve farm safety and efficiency

Queensland’s agricultural industries are working together to help farm businesses reduce risks and increase efficiency and compliance through a series of one-day workshops across the state.

The Workplace Essentials workshops, funded by the Queensland Government and coordinated through the Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN), will focus on providing farm employers and team leaders with practical information and resources to enhance workplace health and safety and people management skills.

Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) President Stuart Armitage encouraged farm businesses to take advantage of the subsidised training specifically tailored for farm employers and employees.

“There are approximately 1700 workplace injuries within agriculture per year. This is unacceptable and why we want to help farm businesses get up-to-speed on their safety obligations.

“It is important that all levels of farm leadership are aware of their obligations and the practices that can be adopted to better control risks and prevent future workplace accidents.

“These workshops are a clear example of industry proactively addressing sector wide workplace health and safety issues.”

The last round of Workplace Essentials workshops, which focused on employment management practices and compliance, were a resounding success attracting more than 230 participants statewide.

“Feedback indicated that farm employers wanted the next series to focus not only on workplace health and safety but also supervisory skills. These elements are all covered in the upcoming workshops that aim to provide farm front-line staff with a much clearer understanding of workplace health and safety obligations regulations, supervisor responsibilities, performance management, and how to managing bullying and conflict constructively,” said Mr Armitage.

“Attending these workshops should enhance management capacity, which leads to better bottom line results, so it should be considered an investment in the future of your business.”

The workshops will be held in the following regions:

2017

  • Goondiwindi (12 Sept)
  • Stanthorpe (13 Sept)
  • Lockyer Valley (15 Sept)
  • Gayndah (26 Sept)
  • Bundaberg ( 27 Sept)
  • Mareeba (17 Oct)
  • South Johnstone (18 Oct)
  • Emerald (23 Oct)
  • Rockhampton (24 Oct)
  • Gympie (2 Nov)
  • Caboolture (14 Nov)
  • Logan (22 Nov)

2018

  • Mackay (6 Feb)
  • Bowen (7 Feb)
  • Charters Towers (8 Feb)
  • Kingaroy (20 Feb)
  • Chinchilla (21 Feb)

Source: QFF

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