The National Farmers’ Federation has visited farms around Australia and documented the positive impact the Seasonal Worker Program has for employers and workers alike.
Here are some of the experiences from the workers and employers the NFF team spoke with. Scroll to the bottom for the full video.
Rachel Napier is a third generation dairy farmer and is the manager at Gallpen Dairy in Deniliquin, NSW. She said the Seasonal Worker Program has helped boost the productivity of her business.
Annkatherine Boehm is a Working Holiday Maker from Germany. She been working at Gallpen Dairy for two and a half months.
Her daily tasks include milking the cows twice a day and completing cleaning and maintenance tasks on the farm.
Annkatherine had never worked on a farm before and since her time at Gallpen Dairy she has decided she does not want to return to her desk job back in Germany.
Pippa and Karina
Pippa Heron, from England, and Karina Chilibeck, from Canada, are Working Holiday Makers at McNab Orchards in Ardmona, Victoria.
The girls have come to the farm to pick pears to complete their 88 days of farm work to get their second year visa to stay in Australia.
Pippa said that she had learned a lot about the food industry during her time on the orchards – about food waste and the supply chain processes – and has gained a new appreciation for agriculture.
Karina has loved getting to visit the Australian regional and rural towns, which she would not have otherwise traveled to without the Programme.
Leleiga Fetui is a Seasonal Worker Programme employee at Silver Orchards in Mundubbera, Queensland.
He has returned to this farm for multiple seasons from his home in the Pacific Islands and has had the opportunity to work his way up in the business.
He said that the Seasonal Worker Programme has been a great work experience for him – learning new skills, meeting different people and experiencing the Australian culture.
Leleiga sends the money he makes on the farm back to his family in the Pacific Islands. he hopes to take the skills he has learnt on Australian farms back to his home and create a better life for his children and family.
Watch the video to hear more stories about the people involved with the Seasonal Worker Programme.