Australian growers wooing workers from New Zealand with relocation packages

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Like New Zealand, Australia is experiencing a huge shortfall in staff in the agriculture and horticulture sectors. That is why, in November 2020, the Australian Government began offering $2,000 for New Zealanders to come over and help relieve the shortage of horticulture and agriculture workers. With the quarantine-free travel bubble open, recruiters in New Zealand are now stepping up their advertising campaigns.

Recruitment company Agri-Labour Australia has a variety of short- and long-term jobs available, pointing out wages are more generous in Australia. Company managing director Casey Brown said they had been advertising to New Zealanders for a while, but people had been hesitant about travelling over without the ‘bubble’ in place.

“Interest so far hasn’t been that high because there wasn’t a bubble. We’ve had a few dozen people apply from New Zealand but they were unsure if they should commit. Now the trans-Tasman bubble is open it will be interesting to see how many applications we receive, we are expecting a lot more,” Brown told rnz.co.nz.

Incentives to attract workers such as free accommodation, food, increased pay rates and some are even offering cash bonuses are being offered. The Queensland Strawberry Growers Association have put up cash prizes of up to $100,000 to entice workers to get involved in its winter harvest.

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