The Victorian Government recently funded Goulburn Valley CLC to provide employment law services to Working Holiday Makers in our region.
To lead this work, we have appointed Amanda Ferguson as our new employment lawyer. Amanda has previously worked for the Fair Work Commission, the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Australian Building and Construction Commission.
The Goulburn Valley’s horticultural industry, in particular, relies on an annual influx of Working Holiday Makers who help with harvesting, packing and storage. These workers are primarily covered by 417 and 462 visas. They come from varied ethnic, cultural and language groups, and their poor command of English often opens them to exploitation by labour hire firms and predatory employers.
Our project will work with employees and employers to ensure that workers’ rights and obligations are understood and followed.
Amanda will educate industry participants about the Fair Work regime. She will also build the capacity of all our lawyers so that we can all provide general employment law advice and casework. Amanda will be supported by a dedicated lawyer based at Melbourne’s specialist employment law service Jobwatch.