Labour information sheets

The ATGA has developed a series of resources for growers and employees in the table grape industry on the role of labour hire providers, becoming an approved employer (AE), the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees.


1. Information on Approved Employers

Being an approved employer (AE) can have significant benefits for growers. However, AEs must meet rigorous criteria and adhere to a higher level of requirements and responsibilities than employers who use labour hire providers. This document looks at the process of becoming an AE, responsibilities and important links.

3. Information for Employers

Employers have a responsibility to take all reasonably practicable steps to minimise or eliminate any risk to the health or safety of workers and others at the workplace. This information sheet addresses the frameworks businesses and employers must have in place to protect themselves and their workers.

2. Information on Labour Hire Providers

A labour hire company (LHC) – also known as a labour hire provider (LHP) – supplies one or more workers to perform work (not a specialised service) “in and as part of” a business/undertaking of a host. Here we explore the definitions and roles of LHCs and hosts, and important legal requirements for LHCs/hosts, including licensing.

4. Information for Employees

Employees have a responsibility to take all reasonably practicable steps to minimise any risk to the health or safety of themselves and others within the workplace. This information sheet addresses the definition of an employee, rights and responsibilities, and what to expect when working on-farm.

Sprayer maintenance checklist

Faulty sprayers can be the cause of disease and lost crop. Time spent on sprayer maintenance is time well-spent.

Download the ATGA’s sprayer maintenance checklist, compiled by Alison MacGregor for growers. Revised 2022.

COVID safe plan

It’s important for growers and table grape businesses to be as proactive as they can be to protect their employees, themselves and their businesses.

The Australian Table Grape Association has released guidelines for businesses which follow current best practice guidelines and encompass each state’s requirements for managing COVID-19 in the workplace.

This COVID safe plan is a guideline only. Each business owner should assess their risk and adapt their COVID safe plan accordingly.

Export registration information

The table grape export registration system is now open for 2021/22.

Growers and exporters wishing to register for export should read the following information about registering your farm or pack house before completing the process.

Registration will close in late August, with date to be confirmed by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment in their Industry Advice Notice (post will be updated when date becomes available).

Table grape maturity testing procedures

The ATGA implemented national minimum maturity standards for table grapes in 2019 following significant consultation with industry, retailers and consultants.

The new standards were designed to achieve a minimum of 80 per cent consumer acceptability at retail. Brix is the preferred maturity measure to meet the new minimum maturity standards:

Crimson, Flame, Red Globe and Thompson≥ 80% of fruit in a representative sample have Brix ≥ 16°
Menindee / Sugraone / Superior≥ 80% of fruit in a representative sample have Brix ≥ 15.5°

The ATGA has developed procedures for growers to conduct on-farm maturity testing pre- and during harvest to optimise testing and obtain representative samples, as well as guidelines for maturity testing in a distribution centre.

MRLS app

The ATGA has developed an MRL app for the Australian table grape industry. ATGA MRLs Search provides real-time information on maximum residue limits (MRLs) and withholding periods (WHPs) for both domestic and export markets. With an easy-to-use interface, growers can use the app anywhere and anytime due to its offline capability.

The app provides access to real-time pre- and post-harvest chemical application data, including MRLs and WHPs based on domestic and export market, target pest or disease and/or active constituents.

With an easy-to-use interface, growers can use the app anywhere and anytime due to its offline capability.

Available to download: