Category : News

Apia and VWAA working together

The VWAA has been working in conjunction with Apia Insurance recently to sponsor and attend several community events a list and photos will be posted shortly.

VWAA’s New Training Room

VWAA has just set up a new Training Room for its future vineyard Training courses.

VWAA Representation Australia Wide

The Association has almost completed a strategic  plan to have a representative in all states of Australia. The representative would hold the position of Executive Officer (State), the officer would represent the VWAA in that particular State regarding Membership, Grants and other promotional activities. Applicants will be called for in the near future . This is an exciting step in the direction that the Association has been working towards […]

Workers Compensation Responsibility

Several enquiries have been made to the Association as to workers compensation and who is responsible when there is a Labour Hire firm (LHA) involved. Workers compensation premiums are calculated and paid to insurers by the employer as a percentage of total remuneration. In a Labour Hire scenario the employee is employed by the LHA not the Host employer. The LHA will be paying workers […]

Leaning Church Vineyard

Visited Leaning Church Vineyard with Grant Beaumont, great setup for functions and great hosts, well done Sarah.

New Workplace Health and Safety Regulations

Tasmania will join most other States in January 2013 with a National standard. Some of the points of relevance will be posted shortly.

Grown Men In Pink Gloves

FORMER casual vineyard worker Philip Ridyard is seeking contributions for a book and potential film screenplay he is writing about events during picking and pruning. The work, to be called ‘Grown Men in Pink Gloves’, is derived from his observations while working in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley in 2005 and features a local and international cast of full-time and casual colleagues. “Just watching people turning up […]

Award Breaches

Vineyards are blatantly disregarding the national Wine Industry Award 2010, especially the section dealing with working in wet weather. Section 23.6 (Disability Allowance Wet Work Award) clearly states the following: “An employee who on any day works in a wet place must be paid 22.6% of the standard hourly rate of pay on top, unless provided with adequate protective clothing.” A wet place is a […]