Flower Market Circular edition 72 – 27 October 2017

In today’s Flower Market Circular, drug and alcohol testing in the workplace, the Melbourne Cup public holiday, an office space for rent and bookings are open for a Christmas floristry workshop.

Market News

Drug and alcohol testing in the workplace

The MMA held a drug and alcohol awareness training program for managers last month and one of the key discussions was the introduction of drug and alcohol testing in the workplace.

If a business wants to introduce workplace drug and alcohol testing, there are a few points which need to be considered first.

Businesses must have a drug and alcohol policy and procedures in place before testing is introduced. It’s also important employees are educated about the terms of your policies and procedures, and are aware that testing will take place.

The strengths and limitations, costs and potential unintended consequences, as well as the benefits, also need to be considered.

For more information regarding drug and alcohol testing, as well as establishing a drug and alcohol policy for the workplace, visit Integrity Sampling Drug & Alcohol Management Solutions here.

You can also access WorkSafe Victoria’s Guide for Developing a Workplace Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy here.

Melbourne Cup public holiday

Please note the Market will be closed on Tuesday 7 November 2017 for the Melbourne Cup.If your parking permit only allows access on a day where a public holiday falls and you would like to come to the Market on an alternative adjacent day, you will not be charged for parking and can enter the Market. However, please note your regular bay may not be available. Please seek instruction from a Market Relations Officer on arrival.

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 only one office remains available for rent on the ground floor.

It’s 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 Christmas workshop

Bookings are open for the final floristry workshop of 2017. Run by highly qualified and experienced trainers from Melbourne Polytechnic, be inspired to create innovative and exciting floral designs.


Create a range of decorative pieces for display and sale.

Date: Tuesday 14th November
Time: 6.00 – 9.00pm
Cost: $150 (GST inclusive)
Location:            Melbourne Polytechnics Fairfield Campus
Building D- Floristry Department
Yarra Bend Rd, Fairfield VIC 3078

Booking:         Enrol now on 03 9269 8615 or email shortcourses@melbournepolytechnic.edu.au

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

Melbourne Cup public holiday

  • 7 November (Market closed)

Christmas workshop

  • 14 November

Ask the MMA

If you’ve got a question or suggestion for the MMA email it to submissions@melbournemarket.com.au.

For all enquiries call 03 9258 6100

7AM - 3PM, MON - FRI