“Many Australian farms face problems finding a reliable workforce in busy periods of the year,” said AUSVEG CEO Richard Mulcahy, speaking at a conference in Queensland today.
“The Pacific Seasonal Workers Pilot Scheme, which is organised through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations helps growers by arranging short term labour in the form of willing assistants from islands such as Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga,” said Mr Mulcahy.
AUSVEG is the Peak Industry Body for Australia’s 9,000 vegetable and potato growers.
“Vegetable and fruit growers previously relied on backpacker labour, which is becoming increasingly scarce with the current uncertain global financial situation leading to less people spending on travel,” said Mr Mulcahy at a conference held for the scheme this morning. See More