Aussies are being urged to take up seasonal fruit-picking work, with up to $6000 available to help people move for the job.
The Harvest Trail Service is across 16 regions, with relocation help available to people who move house to take up short-term agricultural work in regional areas, including people not receiving income support and those with the right to work in Australia.
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the trial will test-run different ways to promote harvest work to job seekers.
"We know growers are struggling to find the labour they need, which is why Harvest Trail Services is as important as ever," Ms Cash said.
"As part of Harvest Trail Services, we have provided additional funds to a number of growers groups for them to develop innovative approaches to promote new opportunities in the horticulture sector."
The organisations selected are:
- Fruit Growers Victoria Limited
- Northern Territory Farmers Association Incorporated
- Queensland Fruit and Vegetable Growers Limited (GrowCom)
- Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers Cooperative Limited
- AUSVEG Limited
"These funding opportunities range from pre-employment projects, mentoring, training, development of videos, engagement with school leavers, and social media campaigns," he said.
Those relocating to take up short-term agricultural work may be eligible to receive up to $6000 if they are an Australian worker; or $2000 if they are a visa holder with general work rights, not restricted to an employer or a type of work, to work in Australia.
More details on the Harvest Trail can be found at https://jobsearch.gov.au/harvest
For more information about Relocation Assistance to Take Up a Job visit: https://www.employment.gov.au/relocation-assistance-take-job
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