Harvest Trail Services collaboration trial to help Australian farms

Australians are encouraged to take up seasonal work opportunities in horticulture as part of a collaboration trial funded by the Morrison Government.

The Harvest Trail Services, which have been expanded into 16 regions, will ensure major horticulture areas have access to the workers they need.

Five organisations are being funded as part of the $1 million Harvest Trail Services Industry Collaboration Trial to find new ways to encourage people to take up opportunities in the horticulture sector, while meeting employer demand.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the trial will test-run different ways to promote harvest work to Australian job seekers.

“We know growers are struggling to find the labour they need, which is why Harvest Trail Services is as important as ever,” Minister Cash said.

“As part of Harvest Trail Services, we have provided additional funds to a number of growers groups for them to develop innovative approaches to promote new opportunities in the horticulture sector.”

The organisations selected are:

• Fruit Growers Victoria Limited

• Northern Territory Farmers Association Incorporated

• Queensland Fruit and Vegetable Growers Limited (GrowCom)

• Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers Cooperative Limited

• AUSVEG Limited.

Member for Longman Terry Young said these funding opportunities ranged from preemployment projects, mentoring, training, development of videos, engagement with school leavers, and social media campaigns.

“The Morrison Government is committed to ensuring job seekers in Longman can find work and to help growers meet their workforce needs,” Mr Young said.

“We are also providing relocation assistance to people who relocate to harvest and regional areas to take up agricultural work.”

From 1 November 2020, relocation assistance is available to people who relocate to harvest and regional areas to take up short-term agricultural work, including Australians who are not receiving income support and those with the right to work in Australia.

Those relocating to take up short-term agricultural work may be eligible to receive up to $6,000 if they are an Australian worker; or $2,000 if they are visa holders with general work rights in Australia, not restricted to an employer or a type of work.

More details on the Harvest Trail can be found at https://jobsearch.gov.au/harvest For more information about Relocation Assistance to Take Up a Job visit: https://jobsearch.gov.au/harvest/workers/relocation-assistance

Harvest Trail Services Industry Collaboration 2020-2022 Trial Projects

Organisation Project Description Harvest Area/s
Fruit Growers Victoria Limited Pre-employment project linking job seekers with work in the horticulture sector and providing on-the-job support for job seekers and employers.

The project will target secondary school leavers, migrant communities, refugees, youth and women to provide pre-employment screening, mentor program and on-the-job support, in consultation with selected growers, to encourage recruitment and retention of local workforce.

Goulburn Valley VIC

 

Northern Territory Farmers Association Incorporated The project will deliver a suite of programs to encourage Australians to pursue a career in horticulture and assist industry employers to employ Australians including through a series of videos to showcase the variety of job opportunities available in the sector, and the benefits to growers of employing Australians. Top End (NT and WA)
Queensland Fruit and Vegetable Growers Limited (GrowCom) The project will encourage and support school leavers to participate in a ‘horticulture gap-year’, including production of ‘Your Career in Agriculture’ video for school leavers.

Under the project, school leavers will participate in pre-induction training for work in the rural sector and will be supported to gain employment in Queensland harvest areas.

Southern Queensland (QLD and NSW)
Wide Bay (QLD)
Sunshine Moreton (QLD)
Far North Queensland (QLD)
Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers Cooperative Limited The project will engage with employers to design pre-employment support and facilitate, identify job opportunities and support placement of Australians in the horticulture sector.

Job seekers will be provided with pre-employment and on-the-job support, including professional development and ongoing mentoring. The project will support employers to create best practice work environments and encourage recruitment and retention of Australian workers.

To promote job opportunities in the sector to job seekers, the project will develop and promote career information.

Wide Bay (QLD)
Sunshine Moreton (QLD)
AUSVEG Limited The project will produce and promote a series of videos to showcase occupations in the agriculture sector and highlight career pathways and growing employment opportunities. This will help to articulate the opportunities within the sector, highlight the day-to-day experience in the occupation as well as present a training pathway how to get there.

The videos will be and promoted online and via social media as well as to AUSVEG's network through the Horticulture Council and to relevant commercial and government stakeholders, including employment service providers and educational institutions, focusing on secondary education and careers councillors.

All 16 Harvest Areas
     

 

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