This week will see a confluence of agricultural, rural and regional events being held in Canberra. These events, including the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Awards Dinner, Farmer of the Year Awards lunch, the AFI Australian Agriculture Roundtable, National Farmers’ Federation Congress and the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation Gala, will bring farmers, lobbyists, researchers and policy-makers together.
- Call on farmers with vacant positions around the country to report their employment needs to the National Harvest Labour Information Service (NHLIS). They’ll be asked about their workforce needs like short-term harvest work as well as vacancy information such as the location of the work, the types of roles to be filled, the number of people they require, the length of time required and the level of payment.
- Then match job seekers with job opportunities, including through the Government’s Jobactive service providers across the country.
‘These are not full-time jobs – by its very nature, the work is seasonal. And work is often located in rural areas far from concentrations of unemployed people. The costs and disruption of relocation and transport for short-term jobs are huge disincentives, especially those who may have families. These are the reasons why foreign workers and backpackers dominate in this sector. They are not interested in full-time jobs or a career; they are driven by the incentive to work fast and well, and they are often experienced at what they do.’