As the fight for a dedicated Agricultural Visa continues, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has stated that the government wants farmers to register their labour needs with the National Harvest Labour Information Service, so that data can be used to identify where workers are needed most.

The National Harvest Labour Information Service, sometimes also known as the Harvest Trail, is a government initiative managed by MADEC that links job-seekers with harvest jobs around the country. This is currently the primary data source used by the Government to ascertain labour challenges, so it’s crucial that farmers register their labour statistics or needs with the service.

You can access the main webpage for the service here, but if you’re looking to register your need for harvest workers, you have a few more options:

AUSVEG is continuing to work with the government and other industry groups to push for a dedicated visa that can service Australian agriculture, but we must be able to take advantage of current momentum on this issue, and having hard data behind our advocacy is crucial.

Registering your job requirements with this service will give the government valuable information and help it to understand the breadth and depth of the labour shortages facing Australian growers, so that the solution which is ultimately implemented will be effective in responding to our labour needs.

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