Industrial relations

Grain Producers SA works with Chas Cini of Mediation and Employment Relations Services (MERS) to ensure members receive timely updates on industrial relations. GPSA members can receive a free 30 minutes of advice and then an hourly rate applies. Contact Chas on 08 8331 2422, or visit for more information. The MERS website has more information for farmers.

Member Updates

June 2017

The June 2017 Industrial Relations update includes information on the Fair Work Commission's Annual National Wage decision, which came into effect on July 1, 2017.

Read the MERS Member Update - June 2017

March 2017

The March 2017 Industrial Relations update includes information on calculating employees' annual leave, long service leave, allowances, penalty rates, superannuation and contractor versus employee arrangements.

Read the MERS Member Update - March 2017

December 2016

The December 2016 update includes information on family leave, public holidays and the review of modern awards by the Fair Work Commission

Read the MERS Member Update - December 2016


July 2016

On 1 July 2016, several changes occurred to wages and conditions. The changes, which take effect from the first full pay period on or after 1 July, include:

  • A wage increase of 2.4%, approved by the Fair Work Commission.
  • Allowances were also adjusted.

The following did not change:

  • The Superannuation Contribution remains at 9.5%.
  • The casual loading remains at 25% for other employers.

Read the MERS Member Update – July 2016 for agricultural employers

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