Encouraging eligible Queenslanders to meet short-term labour shortage demands in agriculture
Employees could be eligible for payments of up to $1,500 to assist with accommodation and transport costs associated with travelling and staying in remote locations.
Applications will close once all funding has been allocated or before 30 June 2021.
The scheme will now include work being undertaken across Queensland, after the completion of the pilot in Wide Bay and Darling Downs.
Your employment will need to be with an eligible employer. The criteria employees will need to meet are outlined in the updated guidelines.
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is managing this program and application can be initiated by accessing the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) application portal.
Your employment can be with different eligible employers, physical locations or farms in the eligible regions in recognition that workers can work with multiple employers depending on available work.
Timing for employee applications:
- initial payment applications ($500) must be received within 4 weeks of the employee completing 2 weeks of continuous employment.
- second and final payment applications ($1,000) must be received within 4 weeks of the employee completing an additional 6 weeks of employment (a total of 8 weeks).
The Back to Work in Agriculture Incentive Scheme is a key element of Queensland’s Economic Recovery Strategy: Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs to help accelerate the state’s recovery from COVID-19.
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Source: Back to work in agriculture incentive scheme. (2020) from https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/strategic-direction/economic-recovery-package-queensland-producers/back-to-work-in-agriculture-incentive-scheme?fbclid=IwAR1Igt02LlVZxxzUrzQNMLTfd0WX7OXdNYqCT6ZAbNmWFU5eNdsQ0aQHcKc