Last updated: 22 August 2021 at 12.01am
The Paid Escape (external link) is all about supporting the agricultural sector by connecting them with the local jobseekers they need.
COVID-19 has changed the way we do business in WA. We’ve had to rethink how we produce goods and services, and the resources we need.
Businesses are looking at new ways to employ staff. With overseas backpackers unable to travel to WA, at the moment regional employers are focussing on recruiting WA local workers.
There are lots of reasons to hire Western Australians:
- they are eager to work and learn new skills
- some are willing to stay longer if you need them
- you can invite them back next year (and they are already trained)
- they have access to free training for upskilling
- you don’t have to worry about visas
- there’s little or no cost in getting them to your business
- they understand WA and want to help regional businesses.
Listing your vacancies on SEEK is an easy and convenient way to find staff.
- Create an account on the SEEK website (external link) or sign in if you already have an account.
- Post a job ad.
Help your business stand out on job ads by providing prospective workers with important information.
Workers want to know about the:
- benefits of working for you
- job roles and responsibilities
- business and people they will be working with
- pay rates
- work rosters (this will help with their plans to work and wander)
- local accommodation and travel options
- things to see and do in the region
Ensure your workplace is safe for you and your workers. This can be achieved by:
- ensuring your workers are aware of safe work practices
- providing inductions and appropriate training
- ensuring workers have the required skills and qualifications
- ensuring you have workers’ compensation insurance for all workers (this is a legal requirement). Visit the WorkCover WA website (external link) for more information.
For more advice, visit the Work Safe website (external link).
Minimum rates of pay are regulated for all industries. You can check the correct rates of pay and employment conditions with the Fair Work Ombudsman (external link) or phone 13 13 94.
You may be required to pay superannuation deductions on behalf of the employee, depending on the amount earned. Further information on superannuation is available from the Australian Tax Office (ATO) Superannuation Information Line on 13 10 20 or via the ATO’s superannuation home page (external link).