The Australian Government is introducing the Seasonal Work Incentives Trial on 1 July 2017 to help meet the seasonal labour demands of horticultural growers.
The two-year Trial aims to encourage job seekers to take up short-term work placements of six weeks by providing them with an opportunity to earn additional income, without affecting their income support payment.
Job seekers can also receive a travel and living away allowance if the work is located more than 120 km from their home.
The Trial will be managed from 1 July 2017 by jobactive, Transition to Work and Disability Employment Services providers. Providers will receive a weekly incentive payment for up to six weeks for placing an eligible job seeker into seasonal horticultural work. They will work closely with you to ensure that they are matching the right workers to your jobs.
If you want to participate in the Trial you should contact a provider to discuss your labour needs. Providers are located across Australia, and their contact details are available at jobsearch.gov.au/providers (search by provider type and location).
The Department of Employment is conducting morning and afternoon tea information sessions during May and June for horticultural growers and employment service providers across Australia. These sessions will provide further information on the Trial as well as a great opportunity for growers to network with employment service providers to discuss their labour needs.
The sessions are expected to run for around 1.5 hours.
A full schedule is below and if you would like to register your interest you can do so by responding directly to the Department of Employment via the SWIT@employment.gov.au mailbox.