18 Jan 2018

The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) welcomes the Prime Minister’s Cabinet reshuffle announcement. QFF President Stuart Armitage congratulated Queensland MP and member for Maranoa, David Littleproud on his appointment as Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources. “It is great to see a Queenslander, particularly a member in a very important agricultural region such as Maranoa, el...

17 Jan 2018

This is a reminder that you must be aware of electrical shock risks if you enter a ceiling space. Contact with damaged or exposed live wiring or equipment can lead to serious injury or death. A number of serious incidents have occurred in ceiling spaces over the past five years, including a licenced electrician who died when he made contact with electrical wiring in the ceiling space of...

16 Jan 2018

Disciplinary action can be taken against electrical licence holders who perform unsafe, negligent or incompetent electrical work. This includes licence cancellation or suspension, fines, or orders for faulty work to be corrected. The Electrical Licensing Committee held disciplinary hearings in late 2017 reviewing incidents involving 14 licence holders. Significant cases include: Case 1...

16 Jan 2018

Queensland will establish a mandatory labour hire licensing scheme from 16 April 2018 to protect labour hire workers and safeguard labour hire providers that are ethical and responsible. Under the scheme, all labour hire providers operating in Queensland will need to be licensed, involving: passing a fit-and-proper person test complying with workplace laws, including workers’ compens...

12 Jan 2018

It is an exciting time for Queensland agriculture. As the value in the sector continues to climb so too does the number of Queenslanders employed and the demand for skilled workers. In the past five years, the number of people employed in the sector has increased by 10.8 per cent. In that same time, the number of Queenslanders employed across the food supply chain has increased by 7 per ...

12 Jan 2018

As the New Year begins, so too does the newly re-elected State Government’s agenda. The government can make a timely and productive start to the new term’s agenda and start delivering for Queensland farmers by addressing the following. The siting of large-scale solar facilities on prime agricultural land continues to be a hot-button issue, more than 12 months after QFF called for a Sola...

10 Jan 2018

In December 2017, a 22 year old worker was killed while operating a boom elevating work platform (EWP) on a construction site. The EWP basket was approximately 8-10 metres in the air being lowered when it caught on a steel support beam, causing two wheels of the EWP to lift off the ground. In an attempt to disengage the basket of the EWP, the worker raised the boom causing the basket to...

09 Jan 2018

ABOLISHING stamp duty on agricultural insurance in Queensland would help mitigate against natural disasters such as the Boxing Day storms which caused widespread damage to crops on the Burnett and Darling Downs, advocacy groups say. Queensland Farmers Federation President Stuart Armitage said newly appointed Agriculture Minister Mark Furner should make it his first priority to abolish th...

08 Jan 2018

If your primary production enterprise suffered direct damage caused by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie and associated rainfall and flooding, 28 March – 6 April 2017 or Central Coast Queensland Severe Weather 16 - 19 October 2017, grants are available from QRIDA to assist your enterprise pay for costs of clean-up and reinstatement. What assistance is available? An Exceptional Circumstanc...