Farm workforce set to boost with AgMove extension to help attract thousands more workers to Australian farms

Thousands of additional Australians and visa holders will be able to receive financial assistance to relocate for short-term agricultural work after the Morrison government announced a six-month extension to the highly successful AgMove initiative.

Latest figures show that since eligibility criteria for the initiative were relaxed in May 2021, almost 5,500 AgMove deals have been brokered with people from all walks of life who have pledged to move to regional and rural Australia for short-term agricultural work.

Minister for Jobs, Labour, Skills, Small Business and Family Businesses, Stuart Robert, said AgMove’s six-month extension to June 30, 2022 kicks things off. timely thumbs up to Australia’s vital agricultural sector.

“The resilience that our farmers have shown for so many years is evident to all and the Morrison Government is proud to support them to ensure they have access to the labor they need,” said said Minister Robert.

“AgMove is recruiting much-needed workers from farms across the country and helping our farmers get their produce off the farm and onto our plates.

“There are hundreds of varied jobs available on Australian farms and the Morrison government is making it easier than ever to find those jobs. Help our farmers, find yourself rewarding work and discover a beautiful part of this vast country – you won’t regret it.

Agriculture and North Australia Minister David Littleproud said with the harvest season approaching its busiest time in all parts of the country, there has never been a better time to explore the wide range of exciting job opportunities available on Australian farms.

“From plant horticulture, dairying and animal husbandry to driving machinery and picking fruit and vegetables, there is diverse and exciting work available on our farms,” ​​said Minister Littleproud .

“We recognize the many challenges our farmers have faced due to the pandemic and recent natural disasters, one of which has been a critical shortage of harvest workers. AgMove’s expansion will help us meet this challenge head-on.

“Whether you’re a student, job seeker or experienced worker looking for a change, there’s a job for you on an Australian farm and we’ll help you get there.

Deputy Youth and Employment Services Minister Luke Howarth has encouraged school leavers, including those aged 17 who have graduated from Grade 12, to consider agricultural work experience at short term.

“We listened to the needs of industry and responded with more flexible eligibility criteria in May last year, which included opening AgMove to more school leavers,” said the Deputy Minister Howarth.

“Farm work can be such a rewarding experience, especially for young Australians, and so I urge young school leavers who have not yet decided on the next stage of their lives to seriously consider farming. harvest.

“You’ll get to meet new people, you’ll see a great part of the country, you’ll earn money and the Morrison government will help cover your costs to get there.”

Launched in November 2020, AgMove reimburses relocation costs to eligible participants who relocate to undertake short-term agricultural work and has so far over 7,000 AgMove agreements negotiated by employment service providers.

To find out more about the opportunities AgMove makes possible, visit: www.harvestrail.gov.au

Michael A. Bynum