International students taking up work at Australian farms eligible for A$810 bonus

International students who work on Australia’s agricultural sector could be eligible for a cash bonus payment. Job seekers who take up a seasonal harvest job on a Victorian farm on or after Wednesday, Feb.17, 2021 can apply for the Seasonal Harvest Sign-on Bonus. Students who apply may be eligible for an A$810 cash bonus if they work 10 days within a 30-day period.

International students with work rights in Australia are eligible for the bonus, provided they meet the other eligibility criteria. According to the Victorian government, to be eligible for the bonus, applicants must:

  • have the right to work in Australia
  • be working on a farm that produces fruit, dried fruit, vegetables, olives, nuts, wine grapes, hops or herbs
  • be working on-farm in picking, packing and harvesting activities, including operating harvest machinery
  • start work on a Victorian farm on or after 17 February 2021
  • not be employed under the Pacific Labour Scheme or Seasonal Worker Programme

Students can submit their application by June 30, 2021


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