CHANGES to two visa programs made by the Federal Government will help resolve agricultural labour shortages in the region, according to Member for Barker Tony Pasin.
Adjustments to the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) subclass 417 and 462 visa program have been designed to target genuine workforce shortages in regional Australia without displacing Australian workers.
Changes to the program include lifting the annual caps on visas, expanding the number of regional areas where WHM visa holders can work for three months in specified farming work and allowing 12 months of work with the same agricultural employer.
Adjustments are also being made to the Seasonal Worker Program, including increasing the period of work in Australia to nine months for all workers (it is currently six months for some countries) and reducing out of pocket expenses for employers.
Mr Pasin said the changes would assist farmers this season by providing greater capacity to