Approved visa for those who want to go to Australia to farm
“The issuance of a special visa for those who want to go to the country on a farm will be his priority,” said the Australian Agriculture Minister.
Farmers in Australia are often faced with a shortage of manpower, especially during the harvest. They often look for seasonal workers who hold all kinds of visas, including working holiday visa holders, but these types of visas sometimes cause a lot of complexity.
Talking about the issue, Growcom, Queensland’s agricultural representative, said current visas are not appropriate for farm specificities. As a result, many foreign workers come here to work illegally.
According to CEO Growcom, they want to hire Australians but the seasonal nature of their work makes it difficult to hire local workers to do this.
Due to the unstable nature of the job, which affects the ability to hire employees, the farm has requested a special Australian visa to serve the industry, and it seems this is about to happen. It was when the federal Agriculture Minister, David Littleproud, stood behind it.
According to Mr. Littleproud, agriculture is suffering from a severe shortage of workers, especially those harvesting crops, picking fruit. He believes that issuing a visa can solve this problem, “said Littleproud.
“We need a visa specifically for those who want to come here working on farms, they will not have to go round looking for other visa routes,” said Littleproud.
According to the Minister, when he became Minister of Agriculture in December last year, he put the issue on the priority line.
Prior to this announcement, agricultural organizations proposed the most ideal type of visa, a short-term visa, to allow visa holders to leave Australia multiple times to work on farms without having to go through the post. labor market monitoring or sponsorship requirements, and workers are allowed to switch employers in the agricultural sector.
These people believe that only long-term stable workplaces have access to these visa holders and a way to achieve that is through the Fair Farm certification program.
The Ministry of Home Affairs says the government is committed to supporting and providing skilled workers in rural Australia and is always looking for ways to improve the immigration system.
According to Immigration Minister David Coleman, the need for immigration in Australia differs from country to country, and the policy is set to take that into account.
“When it comes to improving the migration system, policies need to be more accurate in each area, and we need to carefully consider ways to address the human vulnerability in regions. “said Coleman.