IMPORTANT Public Holiday Information for Growers.

Horticulture Award 2010 Public Holiday provisions

All fruit growers and packers need to be aware of their obligations on Victorian designated Public Holidays. As such, all employees working on Public Holidays are entitled to be paid at the Horticulture Award Public Holiday rate of 200%. A direct excerpt from the award is contained below. Should you require additional clarification please contact Fruit Growers Victoria by phoning (03) 58253700.28.

28.Public holidays

28.1 Public holidays are provided for in the NES.

28.2 Substitution of certain public holidays by agreement at the enterprise

(a) By agreement between the employer and the majority of employees in the enterprise or part of the enterprise concerned, an alternative day may be taken as the public holiday instead of any of the prescribed days.
(b) An employer and an individual employee may agree to the employee taking another day as the public holiday instead of the day which is being observed as the public holiday in the enterprise or part of the enterprise concerned.

28.3 Public holiday rates of pay
All work performed on public holidays will be paid for at the rate of 200% of the ordinary rate.