The farming sector in Australia is facing a shortage of skilled farm workers and to overcome this shortage, Australia has introduced Farm Worker visa.
Under this visa scheme, which has been commenced from January 1st, 2020 through a labour agreement, Australian farmers are looking to recruit skilled and low skilled farm workers in horticulture sectors from overseas. With this visa, you can work with an Australian employer for up to 4 years. You can also continue your studies in Australia, however, the government won’t provide any assistance in this regard. Moreover, you can travel to and from Australia multiple times while the visa is valid.
What type of visa is provided for a farm worker jobs in Australia?
The Australian government has issued a farm worker visa under the Labour agreement stream, “Temporary Skill shortage Visa (Subclass 482)”. This visa can be availed by those skilled workers selected by employers who have a Labour Agreement.
This visa allows a worker to stay up to a maximum of 4 years in Australia, depending on the terms in the labour agreement.
There are a total of 31 occupations for which you can apply for this visa program including, Section Supervisor, Production Horticulture Supervisor, Production Horticulturist, Horticulture Research, Development Officer, Machinery Manager, Machinery Supervisor, Cold Storage Manager, Quality Assurance Manager, Biosecurity Officer, Facility Plant Manager, Facility Supervisor, Maintenance Electrician, Fitter and Welder, Agriculture Technician Mechanic, Senior Nurseryperson, Nurseryperson, Horticulture Section Manager, Irrigation Designer/ Manager, Nursery Supervisor, Truck Driver, Mobile Plant Operator, Fork Lift Driver, Irrigationist, Irrigationist Assistant, Agronomist, Entomologist, Horticulture Grower, Protected Cropping Grower, Mechanical Engineer, and Horticulture Farm Manager.
- Candidate must be nominated to work in a specified occupation under the terms of a Labour Agreement
- have at least 2 years relevant work experience in your nominated occupation or a related field
- have a relevant skills assessment if this is required for your occupation
- work only for your sponsor
- meet minimum standards of English language proficiency unless you are exempt from needing to show this
21 to 39 days will be required to process the application.
An applicant and any of your dependents 18 years old or above will pay AUD2,645 while dependants under 18 years of age fee is AUD,660.
For more details and information you can visit the official website of Home Affairs.
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