Tips for fruit pickers and employers

As fruit picking reaches its peak season, it’s a good time to read up on your entitlements and check that you are doing the right thing.

Overseas workers

All people working in Australia have basic entitlements. These include the right to minimum pay and conditions for any job. Our role is to provide information, protect and enforce employee’s workplace rights.

Visit our Language assistance page for a range of information to help you understand your rights and obligations.

Pay rates, piecework and conditions

Under the Horticulture Award 2010, fruit pickers can be paid per hour or piecework rates (for example a rate per bucket of fruit picked).

Fruit pickers are also entitled to other conditions such as leave. Check out our Horticulture section for details and more information about rights and obligations under the Horticulture Award 2010. Here you’ll find information about who’s covered by the Horticulture Award 2010, how many hours can be worked, breaks and overtime.

Make sure you

  • Get a copy of the Fair Work Information Statement. This document must be provided to all new employees. The Fair Work Information Statement is available in a number of different languages through our Language assistance page.
  • Provide or receive payslips within one day of pay day. Check out our Pay slips page to find out what needs to be included on a payslip and to download a payslip template.

Remember that it is against the law for an employer to sack an employee for asking about pay or entitlements, or for contacting us. If you have any questions or concerns, call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.

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Page last updated: 08 Feb 2012