Human Resources and Work Health & Safety

The HR & WHS module for myBMP now includes the areas of industrial relations and worker safety in order to assist in managing one of the most valuable assets of a farm business, the people.

Within this module is the guidance to help you firstly meet your legal obligations around employing staff, and secondly, put in place procedures to help you optimise employee productivity in a safe environment.

This module focuses on all aspects of employing staff, whether they are family members, employees or contractors. It offers practical ways to improve your ability to attract, retain, manage and protect your team.

This module is packed full of templates and resources you can download to make the job of staff management a lot easier. These include:

  • Summary of current employment legislation;
  • Draft position descriptions;
  • Templates for recruitment ads and interview questions;
  • Guidelines on what questions you cannot ask during interview (discrimination);
  • Templates for advising unsuccessful job candidates;
  • Induction templates;
  • Probation periods and reviewing performance templates;
  • Guidelines on and templates for conducting (and recording) a performance review.
  • A workplace Health and Safety Plan and Policy
  • Training requirements
  • Risk assessment to eliminate hazards in the workplace
  • Record keeping


Key Area: Human Resources

Contractors are managed appropriately

Check List:

Level 1

The difference has been established between an employee or contractor

Level 2

An independent contractor will be engaged to perform work under a contract for service

A process is in place for employing people

Check List:

Level 1

Employers must ensure all employees are legally entitled to work in Australia

Level 1

Employers of working holiday makers are legally required to register with the ATO

Level 1

The individual has freely chosen to be employed

Level 3

A formal recruitment process is in place that includes position applications, position description, job applications, interviews, reference checks, notification - successful and unsuccessful

Wages and Conditions - conditions and employee entitlements are in accordance with the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth)

Check List:

Level 1

Employees are employed under the appropriate industrial (legal) instrument:

  • Modern Award
  • Enterprise Agreement
  • National Employment Standards - Fair Work Act 2009
Level 1

The business understands and applies the National Employment Standards (NES), with a copy available to all employees on a noticeboard or by electronics means

Level 1

An employer must give each employee the Fair Work Information Statement before, or as soon as possible after the employee starts

Level 1

Employers understand and provide casual employees with the award 'right to request casual conversion' clause within 12 months of commencement

Level 1

Employee records are maintained and kept for seven (7) years

Level 1

Compliant pay slips are provided to employees within one (1) working day of a payment being made

Level 1

The business is complying with their Single Touch Payroll (STP) obligations

Level 2

A probationary period is in place for full and part time employees

Workplace rights - a process is in place to ensure the fair treatment of employees

Check List:

Level 1

Disputes are managed according to:

i.  Model terms for dealing with disputes for enterprise agreements

ii. Provisions in the applicable modern Award

Level 1

An Employer must consult with employees concerning work place changes according to:

i.  Model terms for dealing with disputes for enterprise agreements

ii. Provisions in the applicable modern Award

Level 1

A performance management process is in place

Level 1

A process for responding with a request for flexible work arrangements is in place

A process is in place for ending employment

Check List:

Level 1

Employers are aware of the minimum notice periods required for ending the employment relationship

Level 1

Termination of employment is understood and applied correctly - Resignation, Redundancy, Termination

Level 1

Termination of employment is conducted in a fair and lawful way

Level 1

Termination payments are calculated correctly and paid on employees' final day of employment

Level 3

Exit interviews are conducted with employees upon leaving

Training, career development and farm succession planning

Check List:

Level 3

The transfer of ownership and management of the farm is planned

Level 3 A mentoring process is in place
Level 3

A skills audit has been conducted and staff are provided flexibility to undertake "in house" and or external training

Level 3

An opportunity for a career path development is provided for staff


Key Area: Work Health and Safety

A commitment to work health and safety is shown

Check List:

Level 1

Everyone is aware of the responsibility (duty of care) to make sure that they and other people are safe in the workplace

Level 1

Directors and Officers exercise due diligence to ensure they comply with Work Health and Safety obligations

Level 2

A work health and safety policy demonstrates a commitment to WHS

Level 3

A formal WHS Management System is in place

Consultation occurs about work health and safety

Check List:

Level 1

There is a duty to consult and share safety information with workers and others likely to be affected by a workplace health and safety matter

Level 3

The business has a Workplace Health and Safety Officer (WHSO) / Health and Safety Representative and / or Committee

Employers must manage and control hazards and risks in the workplace

Check List:

Level 1

The risk and hazards in the workplace are assessed to create and implement appropriate control measures using the hierarchy of control measures and are reviewed regularly

Level 1

Codes of Practice are the minimum standard of achieving the required work health and safety outcomes

A safe working environment is provided

Check List:

Level 1

The business provides and maintains adequate general workplace facilities

Level 1

All workplaces must provide first aid equipment, facilities and trained first aiders

Level 1

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is provided to workers

Level 1

A process is in place to manage risks to the health and safety of a worker associated with remote or isolated work

Level 1

A process is in place to manage the risks associated with asbestos in the workplace

Level 1

A process is in place to manage bullying in the workplace

Workers are capable of performing their job safely

Check List:

Level 1

An induction is provided to all workers

Level 1

Train all workers for their specific tasks and provide supervision and ongoing training

Level 1

All workers who operate high risk plant have valid High Risk Work Licences

A system is in place for reporting safety

Check List:

Level 1

A procedure is in place for workers to report injuries

Level 1

Notifiable incidents and dangerous incidents are reported to the regulator

A system is in place for workers compensation and return to work

Check List:

Level 1

The business has a current Workers Compensation Policy that reflects the current workplace

Level 1

The injured at work poster is displayed in the workplace (New South Wales only)

Level 1

The Worker Compensation insurer is notified of a worker's injury