IMPORTANT CHANGES FOR GROWERS: FWC decision on overtime rates for casuals handed down!!

Overtime penalties for casual employees engaged under the Horticulture Award commences from the first full pay period on or after Monday 15 April 2019, following a decision by the Fair Work Commission (FWC), which was handed down on Tuesday 2 April 2019. 

These changes have been confirmed, and include:

  • A 15% loading (in addition to the initial casual loading of 25%) for ordinary hours work performed on any day of the week between 8.31pm and 4.59am;
  • In circumstances where an employee works more than 12 hours per engagement or per day an overtime penalty rate of 150% (plus 25% casual loading); and
  • In circumstances where an employee works more than 304 ‘ordinary hours’ over an 8 week period (an average of 38 hours per week), an overtime penalty rate of 150% (plus 25% casual loading).

These changes must be implemented by 15 April 2019.  All growers must ensure they are compliant with the changes to the Horticulture Award or risk non-compliance.

A copy of the Fair Work Commission's decision can be found here.