Horticulture Innovation Australia and Fair Work Ombudsman Reports

In February 2017, Associate Professor Joanna Howe and Professor Alex Reilly completed final reports on research projects competitively funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) and the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO). The report for HIA, titled ‘Sustainable Solutions: The Future of Labour Supply in the Australian Vegetable Industry’ was a comprehensive review of local and migrant labour supply in the Australian vegetable industry. The report concluded with a reform package aimed at ensuring a sustainable and equitable labour supply for the industry into the future. The report for FWO, ‘”I choose to stay silent”: International Students’ Engagement with the Fair Work Ombudsman’ was commissioned by FWO to investigate why so few international students engage with employment services offered by FWO despite widespread reporting of exploitation of international students in the Australian labour market. The reports will be officially launched in the near future. Joanna and Alex have negotiated a new research contract with Vegetables WA to conduct further research into horticultural labour supply in 2017.

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