Visa changes to help with seasonal labour
The Turnbull Government has announced changes to visa conditions to make it easier for local employers to find seasonal staff.
New measures as part of the Seasonal Worker Program will make it easier for employers to access skilled labour from Pacific Islands.
The changes will take effect from July 1, 2018 and include a multi-entry visa for seasonal workers, as well as testing plans to lower the cost for employers to use the program.
Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum said the changes aimed to relieve local businesses of the stress of filling vacancies each season.
‘‘I often get employers coming into my office to talk about the lack of labour, especially during the fruit picking season,’’ Mr Drum said.
‘‘By improving support for businesses in the Seasonal Worker Program, employers in the agricultural sector can overcome local labour shortages.
‘‘These new measures will be a welcome support for local businesses who are struggling to fill vacancies at critical points in their business cycle.’’
The Federal Government hopes the changes will help fill vacancies in the agricultural sector during the season.