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Information for Itinerant Workers
There are new rules imposed by the National Caninet for those that intend to seek work on farms. Please see this media release ‘Supporting the agriculture workforce during COVID-1’ from Hon Michael McCormack and the Hon David Littleproud.
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Key Facts - Supporting the agriculture workforce during COVID-19
- Seasonal Worker Programme and Pacific Labour Scheme workers can extend their stay for up to 12 months to work for approved employers (ensuring pastoral care and accommodation needs of workers are met to minimise health risks to visa holders and the community).
- Approved employers under the Seasonal Worker Programme and Pacific Labour Scheme will need to continue engaging with the Department of Education, Skills and Employment on labour market testing to ensure recruitment of Australians first.
- Working Holiday Makers (WHMs) who work in agriculture or food processing will be exempt from the six month work limitation with the one employer and eligible for a further visa to keep working in these critical sectors if their current visa is due to expire in the next six months.
- Conditions will be placed upon visa holders to self-isolate for 14 days before taking up employment in a different region (including termination of visas where there is non-compliance).
- To support implementation of self-isolation arrangements for visa holders and avoid spread of COVID-19 the government is working with states and territories on enforcement and sanction mechanisms.
- Employers will need to commit to providing safe accommodation for agricultural workers that complies with social distancing requirements.
- Arrangement will also need to be in place for a declaration between employers and employees that all protocols necessary to ensure human health and accommodation requirements have been met.
Travelling to Queensland
To slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Queensland Government is tightening restricted entry into Queensland. New restrictions will apply from Friday 12.01 am Friday 3 April 2020 which will only allow Queensland residents and those considered an ‘exempt person’ to cross the border. You can apply for a permit to cross the Queensland border here.
Where to find work in the North Burnett
- Sarina Russo Harvest Office
The Sarina Russo Harvest Services links local fruit growers with workers keen for temporary jobs.For more information call Sarina Russo Job Access Harvest Office in Gayndah – 07 4160 3700 or register your interest online.
- Epic – phone 07 4161 2876
- Neato – phone 07 4161 4300
To avoid disappointment, we encourage seasonal workers (fruit pickers) to have secured work and accomodation before travelling to the North Burnett.
More information coming soon.