Employment Starter Kit initiative (ESKi)

Getting the people management part of a dairy farm sorted and keeping it up to date can be a sizeable task, especially if you are starting from scratch. The Employment Starter Kit (ESKi) provides easy access to the information & documents you need to start employing someone. As well as accessing the ESKI online, you can order a folder

Keep your ESKi folder current: updates are sent via email.

Note: Due to COVID-19, the National Minimum Wage increase to the Pastoral Award 2010 does not take effect until 1 November 2020. Usually, pay rates change 1 July. Read a summary of updates and to keep your  ESKi folder up to date. Pastoral Award 2010 (print double sided, marked up) – look for 2 July 2020 at the top.

The Law

Rights and responsibilities
Minimum entitlements

Employing Someone

Probation & retaining


Pay rates
Rosters & record keeping


Annual and personal leave
Long service entitlements

Annualised Salary

How to pay an annualised wage
or salary instead of an hourly rate


Individual flexibility agreement
Better off overall test (BOOT)
Flat pay rates


Dismissal & redundancy
Notice periods
Employee separation


Injury and incident register
Safety tips & risk

Pastoral Award 2010

Legal obligations
Hours of work
Public holidays