OCTOBER 22, 2018: FARMERS in need of workers are reminded to register for the Liberal National Government’s new National Harvest Labour Information Service (NHLIS).
This is about taking action to get people off welfare and into work while backing the needs of farmers for their harvests.
Local growers in the horticultural or sugar industries can report their workforce needs as part of this new initiative to ensure those positions can then be matched with eligible Australian job seekers.
This new initiative will:
- Call on farmers with vacant positions around the country to report their employment needs to the National Harvest Labour Information Service (NHLIS). They’ll be asked about their workforce needs like short-term harvest work as well as vacancy information such as the location of the work, the types of roles to be filled, the number of people they require, the length of time required and the level of payment.
- Then match job seekers with job opportunities, including through the Government’s jobactive service providers across the country.
Australian taxpayers expect genuine job seekers to be looking for work. If a jobseeker turns down a suitable job offer without reasonable excuse, they may lose their taxpayer funded income support payments for up to 4 weeks.
The Government will use the information gathered through the NHLIS to better understand Australia’s seasonal labour shortages and to inform potential adjustments to the Seasonal Worker Programme, Pacific Labour Scheme and Working Holiday Maker visa arrangements in future. That includes ensuring people coming to Australia with work rights can help fill vacancies not taken up by Australian workers.
If you want a go, you’ll get a go, and as part of our plan for a stronger economy, we’re backing our farmers by driving policies to get more people into jobs.
Farmers and job seekers can get in touch with the National Harvest Labour Information Service through the national free-call telephone information service call: 1800 062 332 (Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm EST) or visit www.harvesttrail.gov.au