New Agriculture Visa to Help with Workforce Shortages

The Federal Government’s new Agricultural Worker Visa will help provide a long term, reliable workforce for our critical industries while solving one of the great challenges facing regional Australia in recent history.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino MP said this visa will be a big help for the south west agricultural industry and will be in place by the end of September 2021.

“The visa will be open to applicants from a range of countries and will be available to skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workers.

“It will include meat processing, fisheries and forestry sectors and provide a basis for the ongoing growth of our primary industries.

“This is what our local community has been asking for because of the agriculture workforce shortage that has been a major and ongoing issue during COVID.

“While our SW farmers and industries have gone about their work keeping people fed and clothed both here and in other parts of the world, they have done so often under severe workforce constraints,” Ms Marino said.

With changes to the Working Holiday Maker program, the Government has put the agriculture visa in place to give farmers confidence in planting and harvesting their crop and to complement the current Pacific visa programs.

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