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Employing refugees on farm: new pilot program

An exciting new pilot program set to benefit both the farming sector, rural and regional communities and those looking to make new lives in Australia will connect refugees with work opportunities in the agriculture sector.

About the initiative

The joint initiative of the National Farmers’ Federation and the Migration Council Australia will be rolled out over the next 12 months, and will operate on a voluntary basis. Refugees will self-nominate their interest in living and working in rural and regional Australia, and settlement agencies will work with local agricultural businesses in the area to identify suitable employment and help settle refugees in the workplace and community.

There is no cost of participating in the program. A settlement agency will be responsible for all support services for workers, including housing, initial relocation plans and costs, initial rent and bond costs, familiarisation with the region, links to social services and the community and settlement support for up to six months. In addition, pre-employment training will be provided which can be tailored to individual business needs.

Agricultural businesses will retain control over recruitment decisions and will have the final say in whether to employ one or more workers, either for a fixed period or on an ongoing basis.

How to help

If you are an employer in a regional area with permanent or fixed term employment to offer for the right person, we want to hear from you. This is a heartening and exciting opportunity for agriculture and the refugee community to band together to create positive outcomes for all.

For more information, or to register your interest, please contact our team.

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