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Victoria sets aside $17 million to address labor shortages

Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 18, 2020
The Victorian Government has announced targeted funding to attract seasonal workers to regional Victoria and ensure farmers have the hands on deck they need to get produce to plate.
Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes
Victoria   Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes
Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes announced a $17 million package to help address seasonal workforce shortages brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and reiterated the call for farmers to register their workforce needs on the Working for Victoria platform to be matched with eager jobseekers.

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To help connect workers to jobs as quickly as possible, the Government will also employ new Seasonal Workforce Coordinators who, along with new Engagement Officers, will link local industry groups, employers, labour hire agencies, local government and other stakeholders.

Farmers and agribusinesses will be further supported with $10 million from the Agriculture Workforce Plan to extend the Business Adaptation Grants helping workplaces meet health and safety requirements and adapt to distancing changes imposed by the pandemic, with grants of up to $300,000.