Work help to farmers in the NT
DOLE bludgers who refuse to work for farmers desperate for help face losing their welfare under a tough Morrison Government plan to stop fruit and vegetables rotting on vines.
Instead of creating a new agriculture visa to parachute overseas workers on to farms for the upcoming critical season, the Government will demand the unemployed should take available jobs first.
Territory farmers, along with those in Queensland and South Australia have complained they cannot find staff, meaning some are preparing to watch produce rot.
Under a recent decision, ticked-off by the Government’s Expenditure Review Committee, farmers will be asked to register their job requirements, pay and conditions with the National Harvest Labour Information Service.
Job providers will try to get local unemployed into those farms.
If a person does not have an acceptable reason for refusing a farm job, they face losing one month of welfare payments, possibly more.
The Government is also looking at further options if farmers need a bigger workforce, including changes to the Seasonal Worker Program, Pacific Labour Scheme and Working Holiday Maker visas.