Morrison relaxes visa rules to ease farm jobs shortage
From next year, Working Holiday Visa can be applied for three years.
Ministers Coleman and Littleproud have announced changes to visa programs that will assist farmers access a larger number of overseas workers.
Changes to Working Holiday Maker visas:
Increase the number of places available for Work and Holiday Maker program (subclass 462) by lifting annual caps available to a number of countries participating in the subclass 462 visa program. These changes require a strict workforce test to be applied to ensure Australian workers are given the first opportunity for work. Changes to the Seasonal Worker Program:
Increase work period in Australia to nine months for all workers (currently six months for some countries).
Increase validity of labour market testing prior to recruiting workers from three to six months.
Reduce out of pocket expenses for employers (workers repay their full travel costs except for the first $300; a reduction from the previous $500).