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Hairdressing FairWork Update

Hairdressing apprentice initiative


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Marjorie Milner College, Hairdressing Department, aims to assist employers and apprentices in the Hairdressing Industry. There has been a new website developed by Fair Work that can help employers regarding the rights and responsibilities associated with employing apprentices. We have linked some information below from Fair Work but please click on the link for more details:

Starting an apprenticeship can be an exciting time – Hairdressing FairWork Update

We also understand the unique challenges that can come with starting an apprenticeship. We’re here to help employers and new apprentices in the hairdressing industry to get it right and to get the most out of your apprenticeship relationship.  First year hairdressing apprentices and their employers can find information on this page about:


Pay rates

Pay rates under the Hair and Beauty Award for apprentices start at $10.06 for juniors and $16.10 for adults.

These rates apply from 1 July 2015 and can vary depending on:

  • when the apprentice started
  • if the apprentice finished year 12
  • if the apprentice has completed a pre-apprenticeship
  • if the apprentice was an adult or junior when they started the apprenticeship, an adult being someone who is 21 years or over.

The pay rate above is for an apprentice who hasn’t completed year 12 at high school and started their apprenticeship after 1 January 2014.

Download the Hair and Beauty Pay Guide to see what pay rate applies to you based on the factors above.

Weekends, Public holidays and Overtime

Apprentices also get higher pay rates for hours worked on weekends, public holidays or overtime. For example, a hairdressing apprentice working on Saturday would be entitled to an extra 33% of their pay.

Our Hair and Beauty Pay Guide can give you these rates as well for your apprenticeship.

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Pay slips

Pay slips need to be given to all employees within 1 working day of pay day – even if the employee is on leave.

Pay slips can be given either electronically (ie. via email) or in hard copy.

Certain information needs to be put on a pay slip, including the pay period, the amount (both gross and net) and any penalty rates that apply.

For more information:

Hours of work and breaks

A full-time employee gets the following number of breaks, depending on the hours they actually work (not their rostered hours).

Number of hours worked Rest breaks Meal breaks
Less than 5 hours 0 0
5 or more hours 2 1

Rest break: 10 minute paid break that counts as time worked.

Meal break: 45-60 minute unpaid break that doesn’t count as time worked. An employer and employee can agree to a 30 minute unpaid meal break.

For more information about hours of work and breaks, visit our Breaks page and select ‘hair and beauty’ as your industry.

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Ending employment and notice

When starting an apprenticeship, the employer and apprentice should talk about whether the apprentice will stay on at the salon when the apprenticeship is completed. It’s important to talk about your intentions early on because it could determine whether an apprentice gets notice of termination.

A notice period is the length of time that an employee or employer has to give to end employment.

An apprentice will have to give or get notice of termination when they’re quitting or if they’re fired unless they’re:

If an apprentice is only going to be employed for the time of their apprenticeship they won’t get notice of termination when it ends.

It can help to look at an employee’s employment contract to see if they’ve been employed for a set period of time or task.

Use our Hairdressing Assist tool to find out all you need to know about managing ending employment in the hairdressing industry.

you can also use our Notice and Redundancy Calculator to check notice periods or visit the following pages for more information about ending employment:

You should also check with your Registered Training Organisation and your state or territory training authority to find out what else you need to do to formally end your training contract.

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Unpaid work

Apprentices have to be paid for all the time they’ve worked, including:

  • time worked at the salon
  • opening and closing the salon
  • compulsory out-of-hours activities (eg. on-site training or meetings)
  • off-the-job training related to the training contract (eg. at a Registered Training Organisation).

School-based apprentices get paid differently for time spent in training. Find out more on Apprentice entitlements page by selecting the ‘hair and beauty’ industry.

In the hair and beauty industry, unpaid work arrangements typically include:

  • work trials – testing a person’s job skills
  • work experience – giving a person experience in a job or industry as part of a vocational placement.

There are rules about when unpaid work is allowed and when someone should be getting paid.

To find out more about unpaid work in the hairdressing industry, download our Unpaid work – hair and beauty industry fact sheet Unpaid work – hair and beauty industry fact sheet.

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Other apprentice entitlements

Visit the Apprentice entitlements page and select ‘hair and beauty’ from the industry list to find out about other entitlements including:

  • pay increases during an apprenticeship
  • payment for overtime and shiftwork
  • reimbursements for training costs such as fees and textbooks
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Why hairdressing apprentices?

In 2014 we reviewed workplace law challenges in the hairdressing industry. We found the most common workplace issues in this industry are the topics covered on this page. We’ve put together this package of information to educate and help employers and employees to start off on the right foot by getting these things right early on in the apprentice relationship.

What are we doing about it?

Around 4,900 people start a hair and beauty apprenticeship every year in Australia and we want to help them understand workplace laws that apply to them.

During this initiative we’re:

  • helping employers, registered training organisations and apprentices understand their rights and responsibilities
  • contacting employers and checking they’re:
    • keeping the right records
    • paying correct wages and entitlements
  • asking employers to fix any errors we find.

Privacy statement

If you’ve been contacted by us and directed to this webpage, you’re part of a hairdressing project focused on first year apprentice hairdressers and their employers.

We’ve collected your name and contact details from the Department of Education and Training. We’ve collected this information so that we can contact you early in the apprenticeship cycle to provide tailored education and resources. We will not disclose the information we have collected to third parties.

We have a privacy policy that contains information about how you can access the personal information we hold about you and how you can have that information corrected if you think it’s wrong or out of date. This policy also contains information about how you can provide feedback about the handling of your personal information.

Why hairdressers?


In 2014, the FWO reviewed workplace challenges in the hairdressing industry. Common areas of concern include wage underpayments, unpaid training and record-keeping.


We want to make a difference in this industry and recognise that employers and employees sometimes don’t know where to go to find information about pay and conditions. We understand businesses can be  ‘time poor’ and apprentices keen for easy access to information.


What are we doing?


The focus of the initiative is to educate employers and first year apprentices in the hairdressing industry about their rights and obligations in relation to workplace laws, with an emphasis on helping new apprentices and their employers ‘get it right’ from the start of the relationship. Our research supports that employers want professional apprentices who take their apprenticeship seriously and see it as a first step in a career.  We understand employees often enter into a hairdressing apprenticeship because they feel a passion for the industry, and don’t always feel comfortable raising concerns with a boss who they may also consider a friend.


The FWO is here to help employers and new apprentices in the hairdressing industry get the most out of their apprenticeship.


During this initiative we are:


  • Helping employers, registered training organisations and apprentices understand their rights and responsibilities;
  • Contacting employers and employees and providing access to free online resources;
  • Launching a social media communications campaign on Monday 29 February to coincide with this initiative. This campaign taps into the concerns of industry participants as demonstrated by research we have commissioned into the industry.


The FWO is contacting parties by phone, email and text message to spread the message and also provide access to our free resources.


How you can be involved?


The FWO is reaching out to a number of hairdressing industry participants, including the TAFE network, to be involved in this initiative.


Please find attached some flyers and below pictures of flyers that have been developed as part of this initiative to encourage employers or apprentices to contact the FWO if they need help, and promote the online resources developed specifically for the hairdressing industry.


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WorldSkills 2016 – Melbourne




Victoria Country’s best young tradespeople gearing up for Australia’s ultimate skills showdown


In eight short months, the next generation of apprentices, trainees and students will face the ultimate challenge as they compete against the nation’s best at the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, Melbourne.

Over 500 competitors from across the country will converge on Melbourne Showgrounds from Thursday, 6 to Saturday, 8 October for their chance to secure the coveted title of ‘National Champion’ in over 50 skill categories.  Among them will be 4 competitors hailing from all corners of the Victoria Country Region.

Kathleen Horton, a florist from Traralgon earned her spot at the National Competition after securing a gold medal in Floristry at the 2015 WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition.  Currently studying at Marjorie Milner College, Kathleen first discovered floristry through high school work experience when she was 15 years old.

“I enjoyed seeing what florists do behind the scenes,” says Kathleen.  “I love being able to express creativity through my work – you can create anything and everything no matter the occasion.”

Floristry Traralgon Journal 2016


The Traralgon Journal article printed 1st February 2016 with Kathleen on the front. 

Laura Cavallo has also commenced training for the National Competition.  Hailing from Narre Warren North and studying at Chisholm Institute, Laura won a gold medal in Beauty Therapy at the Regional Competition and looks forward to the National Competition.

“I feel honoured to be representing my region at the National Competition,” says Laura.  “I am practicing as much as I can on my family and friends so I can learn as much as possible before the competition.”

WorldSkills Australia Chair Brian Wexham commented, “Opportunities like the National Competition are vital to ensuring that Australians keep up with the demands of modern industry.  Employers are increasingly seeking highly-skilled workers with the ability to be flexible, responsive and adaptable to the requirements of their professions and technology.  Vocational education and training provides young people with practical, hands-on knowledge to meet these demands.

“With a wide range of competitions, skills demonstrations and WorldSkills Australia’s popular Try’aSkill events on show, the National Competition will highlight the career opportunities available through Vocational Education and Training into stunning visual examples to inspire new generations of the Australian workforce.”

For the young hopefuls gearing up to compete, this is an opportunity to reach their potential and achieve greatness.

“I’m feeling very happy and proud to be representing my region at the National Competition,” says Kathleen.  “Sometimes it’s about giving everything you have.  I’m putting everything into it, reminding myself of all the reasons I’m doing floristry and that anything is possible if you believe!”


Key Facts and Figures

* 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, Melbourne – Thursday, 6 to Saturday, 8 October 2016, Melbourne Showgrounds
* Over 500 competitors from 31 regions across the country
* Over 50 skill categories in Automotive Services, Building & Construction, Client Services, Computing & Business, Hospitality Services, Metals & Engineering and Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS)
* 25,000sqm floor space – greater than the playing surface of Melbourne Cricket
* $10mil worth of materials and equipment, including:
* 8 tonnes of steel
* 10km of cabling
* 80 mannequin heads
* Over 600kg of flour
* Close to 3,250 stems of flowers and foliage
* 300 Judges
* 100 Volunteers
* Estimated economic impact of $20mil on the Victorian economy


WorldSkills Australia is a national, not-for-profit organisation that provides young Australians aged 23 and under the opportunity to gain new skills, compete against their peers in their chosen trade and fast track their skills and career development. Established in 1981, their purpose is to promote and build a skills respect culture by celebrating skills excellence, inspiring young people and providing them with an opportunity to showcase their trade and skill talent. This is achieved through competitions held on a regional, national and international level.

WorldSkills Australia is a member of WorldSkills International – the global network of over 70 countries who participate in skills competitions.


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Looking For Hairdressing Staff?

Maybe A Floristry Assistant Or A Beauty Trainee!  

Marjorie Milner College, celebrating 70 years of training, specialises in apprenticeship training. We also advise the Head of the Hairdressing Department is Natalie Miller, who will be known to many of you through her years of quality hairdressing teaching. Currently, our classes are 100% hairdressing apprentices only.

We want your apprentices. Transferring is easy and the incentives for new apprentices are the best they have been for employers.

Victorian Hairdressing has been given an amazing opportunity provided by the State Government’s “Back to Work” scheme. Employers who are looking to put on new staff are eligible for a $2500 sign up bonus. If you are looking for an apprentice or a shop manager you may be eligible for up to $13,000 of government incentives.

Apprenticeship took a backward step in 2015 with employers having to pay the fees for their apprentice at their Registered Training Organisation (RTO). Conversely the Victorian Government has also included into the scheme a payment of up to $4000 to assist with the costs of the first years fees at the RTO (Basically they are free).

Part of running a successful hairdressing business in 2016 is having access to the best information. Marjorie Milner College emails out monthly to employers with updates about apprenticeship and government changes. We work very closely with Wendy Prosser from an Australian Apprentice Support Network “Apprenticeships Matter” to get the best information for hairdressers. To get onto the e-mailing list please email

Apprenticeship is the lifeblood of the industry, it is the future and now the government has recognised how important it is and is willing to help small business financially. Please review the table below for the benefits to Victorian Hairdressers. These benefits are also available to florists and beauty therapists and barbers. The barbering Certificate III in Barbering SHB50103 has not been endorsed yet but we are getting close.

Timeline Back To Work Funding Federal Funding (Apprenticeship)
Start of Employment $2500 (Full Time) $1875 PT  
1 Month after training started (RTO only) Up to $4000 towards RTO Training Costs  
6 Months   $1500*
9 Months $2500 (Full Time) $1875 PT  
Completion of Training   $2500*
Total up to $9000 + RTO’s first year’s fees paid.

*Eligibility Criteria Applies for Federal Incentives. Please contact Apprenticeships Matter for more details.

You may also want to contact the following website for more details:


You could also win a copy of Greg’s Book Fresh Cut Flowers by simply going to Marjorie Milner College Facebook page. Like, Tag, Share the competition post for your chance to win.

Facebook Competition “Win” Fresh Cut Flowers RRP 59.99

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Are your floristry skills up to date?

It is an interesting question. For example, is spiralling better than cross stems in method? In the last ten years training has only supported spiral or straight stemmed construction. A florist trained earlier may not know how to spiral. Stems are neater especially in glass vases and by locking into the spiral as you construct breakage is minimal. There are always advantages for change in an industry and a smart employer should be open to change it they see advantages. Large hand tied sheaves have better dimension and neater stems if made on a spiral method. How many florists use this method of construction? I have had so many occasions where an employer has said to me, “Why are you teaching this method? That’s not the method I learnt when I was an apprentice/junior?” Well, methods change for a reason and if a florist is not up to date they will become behind in ideas, methods and tends.

Product use in floristry

Product availability presents a much larger and varied range to florists than ever before. Apack and Koch are large, proactive suppliers with a constant range of new products. Some products are not utilised by florists because the method of use is unknown to the florist or they resist change. Consider cold glue as one example. A wrist corsage can be made on a manoeuvred aluminium wire base structured to fit the wrist. Roll the wire into a circle at the centre of the wrist and glue (sparingly) two leaves, one opposite the other. Create a small fern base and from the centre apply glue and form the corsage by gluing flowers and your design placements. A florist who has never
seen or experimented will offer comments such as “You wouldn’t do that as the flowers fall off”, or
“That’s not the way I learnt.” The florist with an open mind will find speed of product increases, therefore profit increases and as you can use materials differently the product is exciting and individual. Also once the glue sets nothing will move. Test it to be sure!

Industry functions can be a way of observing change in techniques and these are promoted through industry associations. The Australian Association of Floral Designers offers workshops utilising new products and techniques to show florists their use and adaptability to their store. I have had many requests from florists to undertake a refresher course to explain modern work. All floristry is based in the use of the elements and principles but observing and listening to explanations greatly assists the knowledge. Some relay companies hold workshops but only to establish how to make their products to a desired visual presentation. You Tube (Videos), Facebook (like and follow businesses and individual designers), Instagram (same owners as facebook) and Pinterest (digital pin board to collaborate ideas) show the viewer actual construction or photos but be wary as some are non professional presentations and some methods may not be current practice.

A good Registered Training Organisation (R.T.O.) should be ahead or at least up to date with current industry practice. Remember, it is the employer that chooses the R.T.O. based on reputation and standards. Therefore, apprentices and trainees are shown new methods and ideas in floristry. Be wary of an RTO that trains and completes students with non industry experience. (Marjorie Milner College is an RTO (RTO Number 3930))

Pitfalls of inexperienced owners

A downfall in floristry is the number of businesses that change hands from a qualified owner to an owner who is totally new to floristry. The business is not driven by knowledge and staff hold the responsibility of success or failure of the business in their hands. This practice has definitely affected floristry standards. I have been advised that in some cases a florist business is seen as a cheap business to buy to obtain an entry visa into the country. Imagine the impact on the business and damage inflicted on standards of business practice.  A good business is a team driven by the person with the most experience. When an owner has no knowledge of product or standards it is easy for standards to slip and who promotes new ideas of innovation? Lack of qualified florists has become a major problem within the industry.

The division in florists is widening. If the owner is not a florist the mentoring and control of standards suffers and this in turn places more pressure on the staff. The lack of professionalism reflects poorly on the buying public and this is a negative to our industry standards.


This wrist corsage is made entirely with gold glue.

Written By Gregory Milner, M.Ed

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Get a Free Copy of “The Naked Salon”
by Lisa Conway 

Come to the FREE Wine and Cheese Night Monday 14th December 2015 6pm

Find out how your business can benefit from up to $12,000 of incentives for hiring an apprentice / trainee. 

$2500 for signing up an apprentice / trainee to an employer





Lisa Conway has a passion for beauty therapy and hairdressing training and is delighted to visit Marjorie Milner College for our Free Wine and Cheese Night. Apprenticeships Matter’s Lauren and Wendy will be at the event to guide employers through the changes and how it can benefit their business. This change, under “BACK TO WORK” scheme, is fantastic for employers in hairdressing, beauty and floristry.

When: Monday 14th December
Time: 6pm – 7pm
Where: Marjorie Milner College
401 Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills, 3127
For the location of Marjorie Milner Hairdressing, Beauty and Floristry College please click on the link Marjorie Milner College Location Maps.

Some information on Lisa and the Naked Salon. Please visit for more details about Lisa and the Zing Coaching Teams approach to help Hair and Beauty Businesses. If you are unable to attend the event at Marjorie Milner College on Monday 14th December you can still purchase a book on-line at Lisa’s website for only $29.95.

Biography: Lisa Conway

Lisa grew up in country Victoria and her no-nonsense approach to life comes from her experience there.  At the age of 19 she discovered her passion for the hair and beauty industry, and she has never looked back.  Over the past 30 years or so Lisa has worked in Salons, managed them, and owned her own – always generously sharing her professional and business knowledge with her clients and staff.

Several years ago colleagues started asking her for advice about how to make their Salons more profitable, and Lisa took the opportunity to re-direct her career into coaching.

The Naked Salon 

Is your Hair or Beauty Salon driving you crazy?

Are your profit margins too small to notice?

Then you need to read this book!

The Naked Salon is full of encouragement and down-to-earth advice specifically for Hairdressing and Beauty Salon Owners.  It strips away the fluff and tells you exactly what you need to measure, change, and monitor, and why these things are important – but unlike a lot of other books it doesn’t stop there!  Lisa goes on to tell you how to do it as well.

This is not a doom and gloom book, it’s a positive book, full of stories of real Salons and real people, that encourages you to take your Salon to the next level, and gives you the advice you need to do that.


Back to Work Scheme:

Support for employers (Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy or Floristry)


The Back to Work Scheme has been expanded to provide better support to employers who employ disadvantaged job seekers. The changes include:

  • Increased payment amounts (up to $12,000)
  • Additional payments for accredited training (up to $4,000)
  • Additional groups of employees who will attract the payments, and
  • Shorter waiting periods for some groups.

The payments you will be entitled to will in part depend on when you employed the job seeker. To find out what payments you may be entitled to, choose from the options below.

Wendy and Lauren from Apprenticeship Matter can be contacted on 94332065.

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Apprenticeship Incentives

Changes to The Back To Work Scheme (1st November 2015)

14th December 2015 Wine and Cheese Night 6pm – 7pm at the College
All Welcome

For employers & salon managers to find out more about these great changes, including $2500 for commencement of a full time apprentice. 

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The Victorian Government has boosted the Back to Work Scheme to assist Victorian job seekers and employers looking to hire new staff. This is fantastic news for those that want to employ a hairdressing apprentice, floristry apprentice or beauty therapy trainee.This is a great news for all employers in hairdressing, beauty and floristry.

From 1 November 2015, employers will receive a significant increase in government funding of up to $12000 when they hire long term unemployed workers (now 26 weeks unemployed, reduced from 52 weeks), and up to $5000 for retrenched workers, out-of-trade apprentices, and young people aged between 15 and 25 who have been unemployed for three months or more.

The eligibility criteria for the scheme has been expanded to include new apprentices and trainees as well as unemployed people who are disability and sole parent pensioners, members of drought affected farm households, people who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, refugees, social housing residents and young people in or exiting out-of-home care or who are a current or recent youth justice client.

Employers are able to elect to have this funding redirected, for example, to services supporting disadvantaged job seekers with placement and employability skills support. Up to $4000 for training will also be provided to employers who provide accredited training to a new employee. This will be on top of any other payment received.

More details of the scheme can be found on the notice in the Victoria Government Gazette

Back to Work Funding Model (Hairdressing, Beauty & Floristry Full Time Apprentices)
Timeline Back to Work Employer Funding Back to Work Accredited Training Funding Federal funding.
At Commencement $2500
1 Month after enrolment at MMCollege Up to $4000
(to Reimburse MMCollege Training costs)
6 Month Point $1500
9 Month Point $2500
On Completion $2500


What are the key changes to the Back to Work Scheme?

The Back to Work Scheme is being expanded to provide better support to employers who employ disadvantaged job seekers. The changes include:

  • increased payment amounts,
  • additional payments for accredited training,
  • additional groups of employees who will attract the payments, and
  • shorter waiting periods for some groups.

What are the changes to the payment amounts?

Payments to employers hiring full-time workers will be increased as follows:

  • For young unemployed and retrenched workers, employers can claim $5,000 (up from $1,000).
  • For long-term unemployed workers, employers can claim $12,000 (up from $2,000).

Employers hiring new part-time employees can claim 75 per cent of the above payments.

What additional payments will be provided for accredited training?

Employers that provide accredited training to new employees in any eligible category will receive an extra payment of up to $4,000.

What additional groups of employees will attract the payments?

The category of eligible employees is being expanded to include apprentices and trainees, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons, disability pensioners, drought-affected farm households, refugees, social housing tenants, sole parent pensioners, youth justice clients and young persons in or exiting out of home care.

What other changes are being made?

Persons who are unemployed and seeking work for 26 weeks or more are now considered long-term unemployed workers (previously 52 weeks).

Are there any changes to the process to make a claim?

The process for making a claim for the existing category of eligible employees (i.e. young unemployed persons, long term unemployed persons, retrenched workers and out of trade apprentices) is unchanged. There will be a new process for making a claim for the expanded category of eligible employees and to claim accredited training costs.

When do the changes to the scheme commence?

The changes commence for any eligible employee (including the expanded categories of eligible employee) that commence employment with an eligible employer on or after 1 November.

Where do I get more information?

Full details of the new payment amounts, the expanded category of eligible employees and other changes will be detailed in the revised Eligibility Criteria, which have been Gazetted on 29 October 2015. Please call James Milner on 98807257 at the College for more details.

Apprenticeship Night

14th December 2015 Wine and Cheese Night 6pm – 7pm
All Welcome (At the College)

For employers & salon managers to find out more about these great changes that will help the business.
Event: 401 Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills, 3127



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The Annual Christmas Function for the Floral Art Society of Victoria

26th November 2015


Horticultural Centre, Jolimont Road, Nunawading


Today three floristry students from Marjorie Milner College demonstrated at the Floral Art Society of Victoria in Nunawading.

Bridget Fallace (Current Diploma of Floristry Design SFL50110) works at Flos Florum in Malvern. Bridget has completed her apprenticeship including: Certificate III in Floristry SFL30110, & Certificate IV in Floristry SFL40110.

Catherine Machell runs the Willow Branch  ( ) and is currently studying her Certificate IV in Floristry.

Danika Mahon who studied her Certificate III in Floristry in Queensland is now studying Certificate IV in Floristry (SFL40110)

The students were asked to complete two Christmas inspired designs each. Catherine’s first piece was a Christmas tree inspired piece made from viburnum berry, gerberas and roses. Her second piece was a table centre for a beach inspired Christmas table with driftwood, dahlias, roses and chincherinchees.

Danica created her first piece as a combination of base medium, wired and handtied techniques. She created a corporate using roses chincherinchees and queen Anne’s Lace. In her second piece she made a base out of ice and complimented it with South African, Australian natives and gum leaves.

Bridget’s first piece was a silver birch inspired Christmas tree, she complimented it with baubles and a fresh colour theme of green and white. Her second piece was a Christmas table centre made from a piece of wood and bottles with was loops over the top. She used a combination of Phalaenopsis orchids, disbud chrysanthemums, veronica and anthuriums.

Thank you to the young ladies for a fantastic effort and a great demonstration enjoyed by all.

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Melbourne Flower Show 2016 Floristry Competition


So you think you can Arch?   Flowers Victoria Competition

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 Launching our new MIFGS comp for 2016 

Flowers Victoria invite you to enter the new “So you think you can Arch?” Competition for The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show 2016. Bring an arch to life (supplied by us) themed to an outdoor wedding with your fresh flower custom inspired creation to be displayed over the course of the show. Only 20 spots available for this exciting installation based competition, don’t miss this!

Enjoy prime exposure to show visitors and media with your creations on view in The Great Hall of Flowers. Entries will be exhibited within the expansive Flowers Victoria / The Style Co “Flower Park” positioned beside the main stage area at The Royal Exhibition Building for the 5 days of the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, 16th – 20th March 2016. This is open to all florists!


First Prize

  • One full page colour advertisement in Modern Wedding Flowers Magazine
  • A $500 Koch & Co. Voucher
  • A prestigious crystal trophy and certificate
  • Rydges CBD – Overnight accomodation in a suite with dinner for 2 + Breakfast Buffet
  • Business Profile in Australian Flower Industry Magazine (June Issue) + 1 yr subscription

Second Prize

  • A $300 Koch & Co. Voucher
  • Rydges CBD – Overnight accommodation in Deluxe queen room + Breakfast Buffet
  • A prestigious Crystal Trophy and Certificate
  • 1 year subscription to Australian Flower Industry Magazine

Third Prize

  • A $200 Koch & Co Voucher
  • 2 course dinner for 2 in Locanda, Rydges with bottle of house wine
  • A prestigious crystal trophy and certificate
  • 1 year subscription to Australian Flower Industry Magazine

People’s Choice

  • A prestigious crystal trophy and certificate
  • Rydges CBD – Overnight accommodation in standard room
  • Business Profile in Australian Floral Industry Magazine (June Issue)
  • 1 year subscription to Australian Flower Industry Magazine


  • Style your flowers on site in an outdoor wedding theme on an arch that will be provided and setup for you at bump in. Arch measurements are (Height 2180mm x Width 1140mm x side panel width 400mm). See illustration and arch measurements here. View actual arch image here. We also have a sample for any practice runs prior to the show on a 2 day loan basis.
  • Flowers must last duration of show and be viewed from both sides of arch. You may suspend off arch and decorate around the legs of arch. We encourage you to refresh and water outside of show hours. Wrist bands for entry will be provided.
  • Arch must be stable, balanced and secure for OH & S compliance in a high traffic area.
  • 1 entry per business and a maximum of three florists per business/college permitted to decorate arch.
  • Your Arch must use at least 50% floral and 80% botanical material.
  • Registrations must be received by Friday 4th March 2016.
  • Industry judging will take place at 4pm on Tuesday 15th March 2016.
  • Winners will be announced at the Annual Flowers Victoria Cocktail Party on the 17th March at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton. Winner and runner ups will receive 1 x complimentary ticket to the Flowers Victoria cocktail party.
  • People’s choice award will be announced on Monday 21st 2016 via phone/text/email.
  • You must supply your on business cards/details to be displayed. Entries will be restricted to 20 participants only.
  • Your arch will also require sponsor swing tag to be displayed (supplied).
  • All entrants will receive two complimentary tickets to the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (value $54 per person).


Registration Form – “So you think you can Arch” MIFGS Competition 2016

This form is to register for the “So you think you can Arch” competition open to all florists at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show 2016. We are limited to total of 20 entrants and will not allow multiple business or TAFE/College entries. Entrants must represent a currently operational florist business or entity. A team of up to three members from your business may be permitted to construct your arch. Further details of this competition are available on All successful entrants will be officially notified via email and provided with information and updates in the lead up to MIFGS.

Speak with James in the Student Services Office or Nicole, Head of Floristry, for more information or enquiries to Genevieve McCaskill: 03 9207 5621 email:
Picture: Arch designed by Nicole Gibson from Marjorie Milner College

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Davines Colour Theory Workshop


with Kathy 21st October 2015Davines Hairdressing


Mask Davines


101 Colours & 5 Activators

Mask colour can be used as a semi permanent colour

There is no need to add base to colour white hair



Hydrolyzed Milk proteins

Hydrates and restructures (lactic acid, mineral salts, amino acids and oligopeptides).

Vegetable lipid components

compact the cuticle and enhance the shine and comb-abilty

and protect hair from further UV damage.

Conditioning agent.

Basic cream formulation.

Small colour less pigments.


Mask has been reformulated and now performs even better in 3 aspects:

Cream, Protection and Shine, summarized through the CPS symbol.

Cream: the emulsifying system of Mask has been modified with the introduction of ingredients with a higher emulsifying ability. This has allowed us to obtain a more creamy formula that mixes more easily with the

activators. Consequently, the hair feels softer and silkier.

Protection: we achieved the perfect balance between hydrating, smoothing and conditioning substances to guarantee a higher level of protection to the structure of the hair during the colour application.

Shine: thanks to the new formula, the hair is even more shiny after the colour application.



We must understand colour in order to colour hair successfully.

Counteracting colours are colours that can neutralise each other. Which colours can neutralise each other?

Davines Melanin


Mask (0,5% – 3%):

000 + 11 series = 3%

12 series = 4.8%

Ammonia is calibrated to the minimum needed.




Oxidizes intermediate molecules.

Lightens natural melanin.




MASK SEMI/DEMIApply to washed towel dried hair Mask + 7 vol. 1 : 2 Natural Hair15 minutes

Grey Hair

20 minutes


Darker Level

Lightening Level 1

Or Grey Coverage

Mask + 10 vol.Mask + 20 vol. 1 : 1 ½1 : 1 ½ Normal Hair30 minutes

30 – 40 minutes


3 Levels

4 Levels

Mask + 30 vol.Mask + 40 vol.

Mask + 000 + 40vol.

1 : 1 ½1 : 1 ½

1 : 1 ½

35 – 45 minutes45 – 60 minutes

45 – 60 minutes

Lightening 4 Levels with ExtraliftLightening 5 Levels with Extralift Extralift + 40 vol.Extralift + 000 + 40 vol. 1 : 21 : 2 45 -50 minutes45 – 60 minutes
NOTE: When using 000 (Hyper Blonde Booster) always mix with equal amounts of colour e.g. 10g Extralift + 10g 000 + 40g 40 vol. Activation Source.



Mask Mixing Ratios


First number:

indicates colour level (dark or light)



Second number:

indicates primary reflect



Third number

indicates  secondary reflect




, 0 = Natural Cold/Intense
,1 = Ash Green
,2 = Irisè Violet & Blue
,3 = Golden Yellow
,4 = Copper Yellow & Red
,5 = Mahogany Violet & Red
,6 = Red Red
,7 = Beige Green & Yellow



Davines Colour Tonality


does not contain pigments

to be used only on natural hair

achieves one extra level of lift

Ammonia: 3.0%



Mixing proportions:

0,5  part    +     0,5  part   +       1,5 part  .

Mask             Booster          Act. 40 vol.

0,5 part       +    0,5 part    +       2 parts   .

Extralift             Booster         Act. 40 vol.



Intensifiers contain a high concentration of pigment and are designed to be added to Mask colour to intensify or personalise reflects.


Davines Mask Intensifiers

It is not necessary to add extra Activation Source when they are used and the following table indicates how much to use according to the level of colour chosen.



Davines Mask Intense Mixing


Desired color

Natural level

Residual pigments

Cosmetic pigments

White hair percentage

Hair condition

Condition of Scalp

Porosity and hair structure

Hair typology

Colour selection and activator


Processing time



What you have:

natural level 5

What you want:

desired level 7.4



On fine hair

Apply 7.4 + act. 30 vol. (1 +1,5)

on lengths and ends and then on new growth.

Processing time 30-40 min.

On normal and coarse hair

Apply 7.4 + act. 40 vol. (1 + 1,5)

on lengths and ends.

Then apply 7.4 + act.30 vol.

on new growth.

Processing time: 30-40 min.

Davines Virgin Application




0 – 70% white hair

desired level + act. (20-30-40vol.)

Mixing proportion 1 part of color+1,5 of activator.


70 – 100% white hair

Select 1 level darker than desired level + act.  20 vol.

Mixing proportion: 1 part of colour + 1,5 of activator



Main active ingredients:

Dimethicone: conditioning agent.

Menthyl lactate: provides a pleasant, fresh feeling.

pH 6.4



Apply directly to the hair line to prevent possible color staining of the skin.

It is advised to apply Protection Provider without gloves


Davines Product



Kathy from Hairjamm assist salons through Melbourne and Victoria with in salon training. Marjorie Milner College were fortunate to have Kathy assist all the apprentices on Wednesday. For the students that were unable to attend we have outlined some of the information above from Kathy’s presentation. This theory colour workshop was for Hairdressing Apprentices and School Based Apprentices.

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Flower Costs


How much is that worth?



It is an interesting question about a product, “how much is it worth”, as the answer will vary greatly amongst consumers. When a client walks into a florist store or views a web site the pricing they can see indicates the worth of the product. All retailers price to make a profit and consumers are aware of this but many want the ‘best deal’. What they see as a minimum price to the top price indicates the worth of the product. If a florist prices their ‘top’ item at $90.00 the consumer may feel they do not need to spent more. But what if items are not priced?

Most retailers have a system of pricing where the client can look at a product and identify what it is and its price. Some need guidance in the selection or suitability of the purchase to suit their need/s. A seller can guide a buyer but consider a hesitant buyer who wants to browse weighing up whether to buy chocolates, shampoo, flowers or a silver picture frame for example. Supplying a label or brief description can assist this potential buyer. Many Melbourne based hairdressing salons and beauty clinics have their retail stock well labelled. Most florists do not label items to indicate suitability and many do not price products and this makes our industry unique compared to most retailers.

Consider a male walking into a butcher shop with little knowledge of meat cuts and prices. The client can read and see what Fillet or Porterhouse steak is and how much it is, as it is clearly labelled and priced. As a further comparison imagine walking into a supermarket and finding there are no prices to be seen. You would find this ridiculously odd yet many clients enter a florist shop and there are no prices to be seen. You will often hear a florist ask a client, how much do you want to spend? Sometimes a client does not know what they need to spend to obtain the product they want.

A client can enter a florist or ring and actually have no idea of what they need to spend or what the most suitable product is. Consider a male who decides he wants flowers for “a special person” and the only flower he knows is a rose. The florist who serves him informs him they have orchids, gerberas, lisianthus, tulips, iris and a lovely range of flowers that can be made into a box or a front facing arrangement. To this client this information may have been spoken in another language as they really do not understand. This client will feel uncomfortable and then the cruncher comes – the florist asks “how much do you want to spend”? This client may have no idea.

Most florists across Europe and Scandinavia have their workroom in the store so that all floristry items are made on view of the buying public. One florist in Oslo has florists making items in their shop windows. There is always someone watching the items constructed. This assists a client to value the worth of a floristry product. Consider a client who requires a corsage. If it is made in the backroom and then produced there is little appreciation of the time and skill involved for such a small product. However, if the client watches the corsage being constructed in an open workroom/shop their appreciation of the skill and therefore its worth, is accelerated.

How many florists know the botanical names of flowers? Not many in reality. If a florist labelled all cut flowers by their botanical name and common name not only would the florist learn the names but so would a percentage of the clients. A label should inform the consumer about the product such as its colour range, life span or seasonal availability. The public likes to be informed. For example, by labelling boronia, thryptomene or violets with an explanation to assist the flower to last longer. For example the client should mist the flowers every two or three hours as these flowers drink through their heads. Some clients may find this too much trouble and others would want this flower and thank you for the advice.

Many florists are poor communicators when it comes to product knowledge. The excuse is that as flower prices fluctuate it is too difficult to price daily. Consider this remark in this age of advanced technology? It does seem ridiculous, doesn’t it?

All items should be priced with a brief description of what the product is and what it is best suited for. This information assists the consumer. Many florists are labelling and pricing on their web site, often due to external advice, but not labelling within their store.

A good displays should:

  • Demonstrate the features and benefits of your products and services
  • Highlight to your customers the variety available
  • Generate interest and questions
  • Encourage customers to increase their purchases. e.g. a gift or vase to complement the flowers purchased
  • Promote your business
  • Show clients how additional items can enhance an item

Consider your shop or work environment. Have you created an environment that, through displays, shows the range and benefit of your store stock, merchandise and services? Stock well displayed encourages questions and comments from customers giving you the opportunity to demonstrate any features and / or benefits about the identified product or services.

Features of products and services may include the use of products, range of colours, cost and availability. Benefits should be considered by the seller to convey to the buyer such as long vase life, greater variety of colours to choose from, value for money and it is a popular gift. This information can be verbal or by signage.

Floristry Labels


When a new range is introduced segregate the display into a specific area and promote the product. Several flowering potted plants placed into a ceramic container, sometimes with a small fresh arrangement of flowers included has been a popular gift in Europe for decades. To promote this product use the label to  explain it is a European inspired design and the container can be used again. Refer to the life span of this gift.

Clothing stores label a ‘new range’, ‘the new season’s lines’ or the ‘new seasons colour’. Floristry should consider similar promotions. Laminators are inexpensive and if you generate computer labels and laminate them you are presenting a professional price tag with a percentage of water resilience. Some florists colour code the labels to identify internally the day of the stock. This is a great task for a floristry apprentice or a floristry school-based apprentice.

Display of stock challenges some florists. If items are labelled there will be interest but an uncluttered, well planned display represents a standard. Displays do not happen, they are planned and created. A good display is the shape of a triangle with a focal near eye level. Many florists display shop items at floor level. The cheapest space on supermarket shelves is the lowest level. Eye level is the prime space. Good floristry should be displayed and a florist can create panels with little effort. Make a fine wooden frame, either square or rectangular and stretch fabric across the frame and staple neatly behind. Suspend the frame from hooks or a bar, like a towel rail, from the ceiling. You can make one or several of these and it they are neutral, such as black, white or green and these create a background to a floral item. Another idea for a backdrop is three or four suspended blinds in a row at the rear the display. Pull down the colour you want as a background. This method is also effective for access into the display.

Do not clutter a display and remember the reason for a display is to sell products. The same applies to your web site. Consumers want to see more in the store, therefore internal displays should complement the window display. Supermarkets price floristry items but there is no promotion of the item. Inform a client with labelling why the floristry item will suit them. Such as “great for a birthday” or “ideal for that special person”. Always remember a client wants to see a product. The florist knows exactly what flowers look in a finished item but many consumers do not know if they cannot see the finished product and there is hesitancy in purchase. A final incentive to increase sales by display, labelling and pricing is the rise in superannuation. July 1st saw an increase of .25 per cent and this will increase again by another .25 per cent on January 1st 2014. This money must come from somewhere! Retail is highly competitive so do everything you can to entice clients to buy your products.


Australian Flower Industry Article written by Gregory Milner
Gregory Milner Teaches Floristry Apprentices at Marjorie Milner College.