NSW Farmers’ (Industrial) Association exists to advocate the collective interests of NSW Farmers’ members on all employment related issues and to provide members with day to day assistance in managing their workforce.
What We Do
The Industrial Relations (IR) team consists of practical minded IR practitioners whose main role is to advise, represent and assist members in meeting their obligation relating to workplace relations, to inform and assist them with all issues pertaining to labour relations (e.g. immigration, workers compensation, training, etc), to assist them in achieving safe practices at work, to support their human resources management and importantly to seek appropriate regulations from government.
Our work can be split into three broad categories:
- Advocating on the collective members’ interests on issues related to employment relations. For example: minimum wage increases, workers compensation reforms and modern award reviews.
- Providing timely and tailored advice to members, collectively or individually. Most of our work is spent on speaking directly to members to advise and assist them in resolving any employment related issue they may have in their farming business. In addition to providing verbal advice to members, we also assist members to draft employment related documents (e.g. employment contracts, IFA, policies and procedures). We also put out regular publications to update members on current issues in IR.
- Representing individual members in tribunal matters and matters relating to the Fair Work Ombudsman or Fair Work Australia.
Who we are
Industrial Relations Staff
Gracia Kusuma - Industrial Relations Manager
Joined the Farmers’ in 2011 and became manager in early February 2012. Her wealth of knowledge and experience in the Industrial and Employment relations fields has proven her to be an invaluable member and leader of our team.
Matt Waring - Special Counsel
Cassandra Lowe - Industrial Relations Advisor
A farmer who joins NSW Farmers Association automatically becomes a member of the IR Association and receives “Basic” (i.e. limited) access for assistance from the IR team, which provides the member with the following services:
- Collective representation - on modern award matters, minimum wage review, workers compensation
- Wage information - including wage guides issued annually
- Phone advice – only four calls a year
Members have the option to upgrade their IR services to “Essentials”. The Essentials membership provides the following services in addition to Basic service above:
- Unlimited advice for any matters related to employment
- Assistance in liaising, negotiating and corresponding with the Fair Work Ombudsman's office should a complaint against the member is made.
- Representation in employment matters handled by the relevant tribunals (e.g. Fair Work Australia)
- Assistance with drafting and review of employment related correspondence (e.g. disciplinary letters, abandonment of employment letters, letter of offers etc), policies and procedures, employment agreements etc.
Industrial Relations Essentials members have access to support and representation from the Industrial Relation team when faced with an employment related claim with no additional charge apart from the annual membership fee.
How to join:
Joining the Association is easy, click here for step by step guide on how to join.
ALTERATION TO RULES OF NSW FARMERS’ (INDUSTRIAL) ASSOCIATION
In accordance with Regulation 126 of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Regulations 2009, NSW Farmers’ (Industrial) Association hereby notifies it members that it has lodged a Notice with the Fair Work Commission to amend its Rules.