Horticulture Industry gets a Labour Agreement

Businesses in Australia’s horticulture industry will now be able to apply for the new Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement. Specifically, the new Labour Agreement came into effect on 1 January 2020.

What does the Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement do?

The Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement increases access to skilled and semi-skilled migrant workers for the horticulture industry. That is to say, employers are now able to employ overseas workers where appropriately qualified Australians are unavailable.

This agreement allows Australian businesses in the Horticulture industry to sponsor overseas workers. Australian employers are able to sponsor workers across 31 occupations. Furthermore, the Agreement provides concessions to the standard skilled visa requirements.

What are the benefits of the Labour Agreement?

There are some significant benefits to applying through this Labour Agreement. These include:

  • Additional occupations available which aren’t on the existing Skilled Occupation Lists
  • Salary concession (10 per cent discount on the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold, currently $53,900 per annum)
  • Age concession (up to 50 years of age)
  • English language concession
  • Pathway to permanent residence

The current list of occupations in this Labour Agreement are:

Irrigation Designer/ ManagerSenior NurserypersonTruck Driver
AgronomistNurserypersonMobile Plant Operator
EntomologistNursery SupervisorFork Lift Driver
Horticulture GrowerMechanicIrrigationist
Protected Cropping GrowerAgriculture TechnicianIrrigationist Assistant
Horticulture Research &
Development Officer
Maintenance ElectricianHorticulture Section
Manager
Mechanical EngineerFacility SupervisorSection Supervisor
Horticulture Farm ManagerFacility Plant ManagerProduction Horticulture
Supervisor
Quality Assurance ManagerCold Storage ManagerProduction Horticulturist
Biosecurity OfficerMachinery Supervisor
Fitter and WelderMachinery Manager

Labour Market Testing will still need to be conducted for the Labour Agreement process. This is to ensure the integrity of the program.

For full information about the Labour Agreement, visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

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  1. Halie Decca Wachter

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