Fed­er­a­tion wel­comes new fed­eral work trial

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

For this rea­son, the in­dus­try re­lies heav­ily on over­seas work­ers to en­sure sure what is grown can be har­vested and sold – and not left to per­ish. — Tony Ma­har

THE Na­tional Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion has wel­comed the com­mence­ment of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s Sea­sonal Work In­cen­tives Trial.

The two-year trial aims to en­cour­age job seek­ers to take up short-term work place­ments of six weeks in the hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try.

The work will not af­fect their ex­ist­ing in­come sup­port pay­ments.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony Ma­har said the hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try faced par­tic­u­lar chal­lenges in at­tract­ing staff, given the sea­sonal and tran­sient na­ture of the work re­quired.

“For this rea­son, the in­dus­try re­lies heav­ily on over­seas work­ers to en­sure what is grown can be har­vested and sold – and not left to per­ish.”

Mr Ma­har said the in­dus­try would al­ways sup­port an “Aus­tralian jobs first” ap­proach and wel­comed this ini­tia­tive to at­tract more work­ers to the sec­tor.

“The NFF awaits the out­come of the trial and hopes this pro­gram will help to al­le­vi­ate some of hor­ti­cul­ture’s labour woes,” Mr Ma­har said.

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