"The Australian Industry Group welcomes the decision of a Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission to vary the coverage of the Horticulture Award, backdated eight years, to preserve flexible and cost-competitive employment conditions in the horticulture industry. The decision is the outcome of a major case in which the Australian Industry Group strongly opposed a push by the National Union of Workers (NUW) to impose warehousing award conditions on horticulture businesses. The claim would have cost horticultural businesses many millions of dollars a year," Innes Willox, Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group said.
Record wood product exports worth $3.4 billion and a record log harvest of 33 million cubic metres valued at $2.5 billion were the highlights of a great year for Australia’s forestry sector in 2016-17.
Austchilli, Australia’s largest chilli company and makers of AvoFresh have delivered the ultimate summer snack with the launch of Muchas Gazpacho - Australia’s first range of gazpachos. Gazpacho, pronounced guh-spah-choh, for those of who aren’t in the know, is a Spanish soup made of raw blended vegetables and served cold.
Murray Goulburn suppliers reacted with shock to news the dairy co-op had accepted a $1.31 billion buyout from Canadian company Saputo, but Victoria’s dairy farmer group is hopeful the deal will help repair confidence in the industry after a tempestuous two years.
New Zealand dairy farmers have a global edge in terms of productivity and profitability, but the industry needs to remain ambitious about keeping that edge against the best in the world.
With more than 2.7 million cattle being graded through the Meat Standards Australia (MSA) program in 2016-17, an estimated $130 million was delivered back to beef producers through additional farm gate returns.
Australia’s aquaculture industries are set to double their value to $2 billion following the launch of the Federal Government’s National Aquaculture Strategy at the Seafood Directions 2017 conference in Sydney.
Australia is poised to benefit from an imminent tariff reduction on our sugar exports to Indonesia.