AgMove Relocation Assistance Program
23 Mar 2022
Australia’s agriculture sector is seasonal in nature and is comprised of fruit, vegetables, grains, seeds, hops, nuts, fungi, olives, flowers, broad acre crops, sugarcane, sandalwood, herbs, livestock and dairy. The sector is labour intensive, particularly during the harvesting seasons.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant disruption to the horticultural industry, as the overseas seasonal workforce required to meet labour demands has significantly declined due to travel restrictions and border closures.
In response to this need for harvest workers, the Australian Government is offering financial support for workers to relocate for short term work to farms across Australia through the AgMove relocation assistance initiative.
There is agricultural and harvest work available right now on farms across Australia.
Target audience for the Program include:
• People looking for work or considering a seasonal job including,
• Job seekers on income support,
• Grey nomads,
• School leavers,
• Working holiday makers.
• There is a huge variety of jobs available, ranging in duration from weeks to months with no prior farm experience necessary.
• If you’re thinking of trying agricultural work, including harvest work, there is financial support available through the Australian Government’s AgMove initiative to help cover the cost of travel, accommodation and work-related expenses associated with moving.
• Eligible Australians can claim up to $6,000 in reimbursement of travel and accommodation costs associated with relocating to take up short term agricultural work, and temporary visa holders with general working rights, are able to claim up to $2,000.
• Harvest work is for all Australian citizens and permanent residents – whether you’re a job seeker on income support, taking a gap year from studying, a person looking for a change or exploring the sights as a grey nomad.
• People on temporary visas who have a general right to work in Australia (including working holiday makers and international students) can also do harvest work and access AgMove.
• Harvest work is a great opportunity to travel, learn new skills, meet new people, stay physically fit and help to provide the nation with a fresh food supply.
Find out more about AgMove at: http://www.harvesttrail.gov.au or watch this video for more information
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