Support for horticultural growers seeking short term workers

Growers in the horticultural industry who need workers on a short term basis during peak times, can access the Australian Government’s new Seasonal Work Incentives Trial from 1 July 2017 to help meet their needs.

This two year Trial aims to encourage participants to take up short term seasonal work opportunities in the horticultural industry by providing them with an opportunity to earn more income, without affecting their income support payment.

Participants placed under the Trial can also receive a Living Away and Travel Allowance if the work they are placed in is located more than 120 km from their home.

The Trial is being managed by jobactive, Transition to Work and Disability Employment Services providers.

They will work closely with growers and the participant to ensure they know what growers need and that they get the right person who is willing to work and understands the job to be done. Employment services providers will receive a weekly incentive payment for up to six weeks, depending on the duration of the job, to support growers and workers under the Trial.

Growers should contact their nearest employment services provider to discuss their labour needs. Providers are located across Australia, and their contact details are available at jobsearch.gov.au/providers

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