A dairy industry worker migration scheme has undergone a raft of changes that should make it easier for dairy farmers to employ skilled overseas workers.
The Dairy Industry Labour Agreement has been expanded to include a 'dairy cattle farm operator', as well as a 'senior dairy cattle farm worker'.
Other changes include:
The changes take effect immediately and apply nationally.
"We thank Minister Hawke for these reforms, which will help to ensure that rural migration policy better reflects the workforce needs of the Australian dairy industry," ADF CEO David Inall said.
"The skilled worker shortage is the number one concern for dairy farms currently.
"While development of the domestic workforce is a key focus for industry, immigration will remain an important pathway for some businesses."
The skilled worker shortage is the number one concern for dairy farms currently.- David Inall, ADF
ADF's work with the government to address the labour challenge also includes:
The worker shortage is limiting growth in the dairy sector (farm businesses need about one full-time equivalent labour unit per 100 cows).
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