Flower Market Circular edition 71 – 12 October 2017

In today’s Flower Market Circular, time’s running out to register for the Spring Racing Carnival skills development workshop, the risk to businesses without a drug and alcohol policy, Children in the Market wrap up and office space for rent.

Market News

Risk to businesses without a drug and alcohol policy

Did you know a business without a clear drug and alcohol policy may leave itself open to unnecessary risk?

In 2014 Fair Work Australia awarded an employee almost $300,000 for unfair dismissal after they were accused of being drunk at a work conference and consequently sacked.

One of the reasons why the employee won the case was because the company’s policy was unclear about unacceptable behaviour around being drunk at work.An effective and well communicated drug and alcohol policy helps your business:

  • Proactively address alcohol and other drug problems in the workplace;
  • Deal with difficult situations that arise in a fair and consistent manner; and
  • Meet your duty of care obligations under the OHS Act 2011 to ‘provide a working environment that is without risk to the health and safety of its workers’.
As a starting point, WorkSafe Victoria has a comprehensive guide to establishing a drug and alcohol policy for your business which you can access here.

You can read about the unfair dismissal case here.

Children in the Market wrap up

Warmer weather brought many children to the Market last week to discover and learn about what takes place here.It was a successful couple of days and thank you to those family members who brought their children and ensured they remained safe at all times.

Stay tuned for information in the future about the next Children in the Market event in 2018.

Office space for rent

Do you need an office at the Melbourne Market or need some extra space to conduct business?

The Melbourne Market Administration Building has been revamped and now has offices available for rent.

One office space remains in a prime location at the entry to the Administration Building.

Size:                    76m2
Inclusions:         Meeting room or managers office

To arrange an inspection or for more details call MMA Commercial & Business Manager Matt Elliott on 9258 6100.

Industry News

Secure your place now for a Spring Racing Carnival workshop

Hurry – time’s running out to book your place in a Spring Racing Carnival workshop run by Melbourne Polytechnic next week, details below:


Learn how to create amazing fascinators, perchers, race day buttonholes and other beautiful wearable designs for the perfect racing outfit.

Date: Tuesday 17th October
Time: 6.00– 9.00pm
Cost: $180 (GST inclusive)
Location:              Melbourne Polytechnics Fairfield Campus
Building D- Floristry Department
Yarra Bend Rd, Fairfield VIC 3078

To enrol in this short course please contact the Short Course Office on 03 9269 8615 or email.

Update your details

Have you changed address recently? If you haven’t received a letter from the MMA in the past month, your account details could be out of date.

To update your account details contact the Customer Service Centre on 9258 6123 or customerservice@melbournemarket.com.au

Key Dates

Racing carnival workshop

  • 17 October

For all enquiries call 03 9258 6100

7AM - 3PM, MON - FRI