Voice of Horticulture has welcomed the Federal Government’s changes to the rules around backpacker and working holiday visas.
In a statement, the peak industry body said that Australia’s horticulture sector, in particular growers, now have greater access to a skilled labour community following changes to the Working Holiday Maker and Seasonal Worker programs.
Changes announced include:
· Backpackers will no longer need to leave their jobs every six months and will be able to triple the length of their stay in Australia if they do extra agricultural work.
· The number of Seasonal Worker Visas granted to Pacific Island workers increases from nearly 8500 (2017-18) to 14,000, with an extended timeframe for labour market testing validity from three to six months. And, reduced out-of-pocket costs for employers, who will be responsible for $300 rather than $500 of travel costs for workers.
Read VoH’s full statement here.