Visa changes to help with sea­sonal labour

The Cobram Courier - - COBRAM SHOW 2017 -

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.

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