Working At Tassal

Working at Tassal

A recognised Tasmanian ‘Employer of Choice’, our employees work in a dynamic environment with a ’can-do safely’ attitude that supports and drives our culture.

As part of the Tassal team you form part of a community that prides itself on delivering strategic priorities in a balanced, safe and sustainable manner. At Tassal we acknowledge that our impacts go beyond the financial outcomes and also include a commitment to grow and develop our internal talent via in-house and external learning and development solutions.

The value we place on employees is supported by our systems, policies and procedures that complements numerous aspects including our Zero harm focus, diversity and code of conduct.

Our aim is ‘to value and to be valued by our best on ground team’. As part of this our terms and conditions go beyond a basic salary structure and include flexibilities of roster options and work arrangements where possible.

Our focus remains on attracting, developing and maintaining talent – ensuring mutually beneficial success. We work hard, achieve results and have fun.

For more information about Tassal’s work environment, read our 2016 Sustainability Report.

Employee Terms and Conditions

In support of our flexible working arrangements, we have a number of options to formulate terms and conditions, mainly dependant on position and location. These include modern awards, union negotiated agreements and common law contracts – all demonstrating good governance in employment practices.

Tassal employees contribute to and participate in establishing standards, such as union negotiated Workplace Partnership Agreements (WPA) and one on one negotiations. As a minimum these terms and conditions outline expectations of all parties and include policies that assist in many aspects including complaints resolution and performance management.

One aspect that we are very clear on is that we do not include safety as part of our collective or individual negotiations. At Tassal we believe safety is a right for each and every employee each and every day and as a result set the highest standards are part of your employment with Tassal.

Our extensive employee inductions cover both corporate and site specific aspects and include an outline of Tassal’s lack of tolerance for discriminatory or harassing behaviour, encouraging a culture of respect, integrity and appropriate communication options.

Tassal has a number of initiatives to ensure that all employees have access to meaningful, confidential and fair methods to resolve grievances to ensure a harmonious working environment. Our Grievance prevention and handling policy applies to all employees as a minimum and is linked to a number of other policies such as Code of conduct and Ethical behaviour. In addition clauses are built into our negotiated Workplace Agreements (WPAs) to further assist with resolving conflict or disputes. Data associated with dispute tracking is included in the monthly Board report to ensure transparency on trends and resolution timeframes.

Tassal is required to hold valid workers compensation insurance – a copy of current certificate of currency can be provided at any point in time as requested.

Tassal believes that ethical behaviour is pivotal to its ongoing professional standing and as a result has a number of policies in place including Code of Conduct and Ethical Behaviour Policy that is covered at induction for all employees. Our Ethical Behaviour Policy makes particular not that we do not abide by behaviour that is corrupt or does not support our corporate standards.

For more information about Tassal’s employee conditions, read our 2016 Sustainability Report.

Diversity and Equal Opportunity

Tassal recognises the corporate benefits associated with employee diversity, and, as a result, ensure our selection process encourages equal and diverse opportunities for all. It is critical to note that overall, we operate within an environment of ‘the right person for each position, regardless of gender’, which we believe is a stance respected by all of our employees.

Read more about our commitment to diversity in our 2016 Sustainability Report. Our Diversity Policy provides detailed information about Tassal’s approach to diversity.

Performance Management

Performance reviews of Tassal employees vary depending on the type of employee contract in place. Our non-salaried employees receive skills based assessment and salaried employees receive an annual review.

Performance Review by Employee Category

Employee Category Performance review process and remuneration
Salaried employees • Annual performance review combined with an annual remuneration review
• Significant change in responsibility would trigger a review prior to the annual cycle
Marine WPA and Huonville WPA • A four level performance system within the WPA Level progress occurs once defined skill sets are achieved and agreed on between the
employee and supervisor
Margate Processing – Award based • Level system as outlined by the award
• Level progress occurs once defined skill sets are achieved and agreed on between the employee and supervisor
Dover Processing Facility • Union negotiated agreement and common law contract.


Tassal was officially recognised as a great place to work by being awarded the ‘Employer of Choice’ award in November 2012 by Tasmania’s Department of Economic Development.
Tassal’s excellent staff benefits and programs are designed to enhance and support a valuable workforce.
Employees say this about working at Tassal:

  • “Tassal doesn’t use the rear view mirror, we are always looking forward”
  • “Management is always open to suggestions for our ideas and improvements”
  • “Best office in the world – working on the water”
  • “Fast-paced, challenging and dynamic – there’s a lot going on at the one time with versatility and endless opportunities for its employees”
  • “Because we are vertically integrated, there are so many opportunities to work in different areas and for career progression”
  • “Genuine commitment to training – really encourage development of skills and knowledge”
  • “A culture of cooperation and a great team environment”
  • “My workmates have a really strong work ethic”
  • “Multicultural workplace”
  • “We deal with beautiful food and work for a sustainable, healthy company”
Employer of choice

Award recipients were congratulated on 27 November 2012 by David O’Byrne, Minister for Economic Development:

“Employers of Choice understand that a great place to work offers challenging, rewarding careers and also supports employees to enjoy a balanced lifestyle.”

“Those who work for Employers of Choice can expect to contribute to the setting of business goals, have flexible working conditions and receive regular, formal feedback on their work. Employers of Choice have lower levels of staff turnover and absenteeism, higher levels of productivity, are profitable and successful and, because of their reputation, receive unsolicited applications” from highly skilled people.”
-David O’Byrne, Minister for Economic Development

Career Opportunities

A vertically integrated company, we have a diverse range of opportunities available in a wide variety of fields including marine operations (freshwater and saltwater), legal, human resources, sales, quality, processing, accounts and finance, work health and safety, environment and sustainability, payroll, maintenance, purchasing, retail, hospitality, research and development and marketing.

We are predominantly based in beautiful Tasmania, however, our Sales and Marketing teams are based on mainland Australia.

Our seven key divisions involved in the transition of our Salmon from ‘egg to plate’ include Marine Operations, Production, Sales and Marketing, HR, QA & Safety, Financial, Logistics, Planning & IT and Corporate, including Risk and Legal.

Within Tassal there are opportunities to progress careers both horizontally and vertically. We encourage movement of our people into fields that may not be traditionally within their skill sets.
Over the previous two years we have in conjunction with our external training partners, successfully completed over 95 qualifications to assist with internal career progressions.

  • Accounts Payable Officer
  • Accounts Receivable Officer
  • Administration
  • Administration
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Financial Accountant
  • Financial Services Officer
  • Group Financial Controller
  • Senior Manager – Commercial
  • Community Engagement Officer
  • Environmental Advisor
  • Environmental Certification Officer
  • Environmental Officers
  • Fish Health – Field Officer
  • Fish Health – Laboratory Technician
  • Head of Sustainability
  • Senior Environmental Officer
  • Senior Manager Fish Health
  • Wildlife Management Officer
  • Assistant Manager
  • Farm Attendants
  • Farm Manager
  • Hatchery Attendants
  • Hatchery Attendants
  • Hatchery Manager
  • Senior Technical Officer
  • Technical Assistants
  • Technicians
  • HR Advisor
  • HR Coordinator
  • HR Manager
  • HR/Payroll Administrator
  • Payroll Manager
  • Payroll/Admin
  • Senior Manager - HR
  • Business Intelligence Manager
  • Database Administrator
  • Head of Logistics and IT
  • Infrastructure Services Manager
  • IT Support Officer
  • Senior Analyst
  • Senior Manager – IT Consulting Services
  • Senior Manager – IT Operations
  • Senior Systems Administrator
  • Maintenance Coordinators
  • Maintenance Electrician
  • Maintenance Managers
  • Maintenance Officers
  • Maintenance Team Leaders
  • Refrigeration Mechanic
  • Senior Manager – Maintenance Processing
  • Treatment Plant Operators
  • Divers
  • Farm Attendants
  • Maintenance Managers
  • Maintenance Officers
  • Operations Managers
  • Regional Managers
  • Systems Team Leaders
  • Team Leaders (Bath, Feed, Dive)
  • Technical Officers
  • 2IC Processing Managers
  • Cleaners
  • Cost Analysts
  • Despatch Attendants
  • Despatch Manager
  • Processing Attendants
  • Senior Managers
  • Senior Processing Attendants
  • Shift Supervisors
  • Shift Supervisors
  • Team Leaders
  • Inventory Manager
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Purchasing Officers
  • Senior Manager Commercial and Purchasing
  • Lab Assistants
  • Lab Manager
  • Product Quality Manager
  • QA Advisor
  • QA Officers
  • Quality Systems Manager
  • Technical Manager QA
  • Corporate Service Officer
  • Fish Performance Manager
  • Planning Manager
  • Project Officer
  • Apprentice Chef
  • Assistant Managers
  • Chef de Partie
  • Front of House Supervisor
  • Head Chef
  • Kitchen Hands
  • National Account Managers
  • Retail Category Support
  • Retail Staff (Salmon Shops)
  • Senior Manager Retail
  • Shop Managers
  • Sous Chef
  • Induction and Training Coordinator
  • Senior Manager WHS
  • WHS Administrator
  • WHS Advisor Injury Management
  • WHS Advisors
  • Assistant Brand Manager
  • Customer Service Manager
  • Customer Service Officers
  • Innovation Coordinator
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • National Business Manager Salmon Shop
  • Sales Analyst
  • Seafood Development Technician
  • Senior Manager Marketing
  • Senior Manager – Seafood Development
  • Senior Sales Analyst

Employee Profiles

Shane Gillie

Shane Gillie

Induction and Training Coordinator

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Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith

2IC/OH&S Coordinator Value Added (Huonville)

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Matthew Barrenger

Matthew Barrenger

Senior Environmental Officer

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Heidi Hansen

Heidi Hansen

Environmental Certification Officer

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