Victoria sets aside $17 million to address labor shortagesChristian 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.
Victoria Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes
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. ■