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New Australian Agriculture Worker Visa from Liberal and National federal will be a boon for west and south Gippsland

Farmers and primary producers in Monash are a step closer to benefitting from the Liberal and National Governments new Australian Agriculture Worker Visa.

By news@gippsland - 8th October 2021 - Back to News

The Government amended the Migration Regulations on 30 September 2021 to create the Australian Agriculture Worker Visa (Ag Visa) and continue along the pathway of providing an agriculture visa that will help secure the future of rural and regional Australia.

The new agriculture visa program is being designed now, in close consultation with industry, further details about the visa are finalised, including details on how to participate as an employer or a worker, it will be updated with additional information

The new agriculture visa program is being designed now, in close consultation with industry, further details about the visa are finalised, including details on how to participate as an employer or a worker, it will be updated with additional information

Ag Visa announcement

This historic announcement that the Ag Visa is now law ensures the visa will help secure the long-term labour force our farmers in Gippsland need. Member for Monash Russell Broadbent said the Agriculture Visa will also create a pathway to permanent residency for those workers who will help secure the future of our region.

"We promised this Visa and here it is. The creation of the Ag visa under the Migration Regulations is a landmark moment for the sector and delivers on our promise to have it in place this year," Mr Broadbent said.

"The Ag Visa will be the biggest structural change to the agricultural workforce in our nations history and producers in Gippsland are poised to be able to grab the benefits with both hands.

Visa for seasonal, skilled and semi skilled workers

Mr Broadbent said, "The visa will be available to seasonal workers, skilled and semiskilled workers. And it is not just those on the farm that benefit, the fisheries, forestry and agricultural processing sectors will also get access to workers under this visa. Worker restrictions have always been a problem, but it has been taken to the next level with COVID and the subsequent international and internal borders."

"We now have a visa that will give Gippsland a long term, reliable workforce for our agricultural industries. The Liberals and Nationals will always stand up for regional and rural Australia, and with this Agriculture Visa we have again delivered."

Todays regulation provides a new Australian Agriculture Worker stream which will provide for the entry and temporary stay of workers across primary industries sectors. This provides the pathway for workers to arrive with first worker arrivals once partner country negotiations are complete. Any workers will also need to meet necessary Federal and State quarantine requirements.

Facts about the ag visa

The Migration Amendment (Australian Agriculture Workers) Regulations 2021 amends the Migration Regulations 1994 and:

  • Creates a new Australian Agriculture Worker Stream in the Subclass 403 (Temporary Work (International Relations) visa
  • The new visa stream came into effect on 30 September 2021
  • Provides for the entry and temporary stay of workers across primary industries sectors
  • Be available to workers from countries where there is a bilateral agreement in place

The Ag visa will be operated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, leveraging their experience managing the successful Pacific Labour Scheme The Department of Home Affairs and Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment will provide operational support to ensure a high degree of integrity and that the needs of the agriculture and primary industry sectors are being met.

An independent review of the program will be undertaken after two years. Further details and a fact sheet are available Agriculture Visa.

Pictures from Russell Broadbent MP website.


Source: http://gippsland.com/

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