Call out for workers to fill shortage as harvest looms

Call out for workers to fill shortage as harvest looms

The agricultural sector is short tens of thousands of workers.

Workforce company Programmed said COVID-induced lockdowns were threatening Australia’s multi-billion-dollar grains sector amid the gaping hole left by backpackers. Says Executive General Manager David Hele,

We need an army of 3,000 workers for the harvest season across 30 locations in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.

Grey nomads, students wanted

Relocation rebates of up to $6,000 are still on offer to people willing to work in regional areas for more than six weeks.

Mr Hele said grey nomads, university students and school-leavers could play a key role in filling jobs for this year’s grain harvest.

Mr Hele said,

Workers could earn up to $2,000 a week working from 30 to 60 hours a week.

“Travel around, enjoy a different adventure and earn some really good money at the same time,” he said.

“We know how hard farmers work and they have a very small window to make the most of really their entire year, and that window is this harvest.”

(This article first appeared in ABC RURAL News Mon 23 August 2021 by Amelia Bernasconi)