Sea­sonal work­ers

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - LIFE -

THE GOV­ERN­MENT has an­nounced new mea­sures to sup­port em­ploy­ers and sea­sonal work­ers to ac­cess the Sea­sonal Worker Pro­gramme.

The new mea­sures will be phased in from July 2018 and in­clude in­tro­duc­ing a multi-en­try visa for sea­sonal work­ers, which of­fers greater flex­i­bil­ity in the grant­ing of visas, and pi­lot­ing new ways to lower up­front costs for em­ploy­ers to ac­cess the pro­gram.

Mem­ber for Cow­per Luke Hart­suyker has wel­comed the new mea­sures.

“Dur­ing the peak blue­berry pick­ing sea­son on the mid-north coast, the in­dus­try is heav­ily de­pen­dent on the avail­abil­ity of sea­sonal work­ers and any mea­sure that in­creases the avail­abil­ity of work­ers is a pos­i­tive one,” Mr Hart­suyker said.

The pro­gram as­sists Aus­tralian em­ploy­ers to meet their de­mand for sea­sonal labour when they are un­able to source lo­cal labour.

All sea­sonal work­ers brought into Aus­tralia from over­seas are sub­ject to the same work­place re­la­tions and health and safety safe­guards as Aus­tralian work­ers.

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