The Harvest Labour Services – Reforms to encourage Australian job seekers to take up seasonal work measure announced in the 2019–20 Budget is a $24.1 million investment over four years aimed at encouraging more Australian job seekers to take-up seasonal work.
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Existing Harvest Labour Services (HLS) and the National Harvest Labour Information Service (NHLIS) contracts are due to end on 26 June 2020.
The Department of Education, Skills and Employment (the department) has prepared a Consultation Paper, ‘Harvest Labour Services – Reforms to encourage Australian job seekers to take up seasonal work’. The Consultation Paper provides stakeholders with the opportunity to express their views on the future of HLS and how the Government can best support Australian job seekers to access seasonal work opportunities and assist growers to find suitable workers.
The HLS program aims to link workers (i.e. both working holiday makers and Australian job seekers) with seasonal harvest jobs to meet seasonal peaks in employer demand in locations across Australia that do not have adequate local labour supply to meet this demand. Supporting the HLS is the NHLIS, which provides comprehensive, up-to-date information about harvest work opportunities, working conditions, transport and accommodation around Australia through the Harvest Trail website and Harvest Guide.
HLS is currently delivered in 11 horticultural regions. From 1 July 2020, it is proposed that HLS will be expanded to the following 16 regions.
- Adelaide Barossa, South Australia
- Far North Queensland
- Gippsland, Victoria
- Goulburn Valley, Victoria
- Hunter/Central West, New South Wales
- Mid Murray, Victoria
- Northern New South Wales Coast
- Riverina, New South Wales
- South Australia - South East, South Australia
- Southern Queensland – Queensland and New South Wales
- South West, Western Australia
- Sunraysia, Victoria and New South Wales
- Sunshine Moreton, Queensland
- Top End, Northern Terrritory and Western Australia
- Wide Bay, Queensland.
Feedback was provided through responses to the department's Consultation Paper – ‘Harvest Labour Services Reforms to encourage Australian job seekers to take up seasonal work’.
- Consultation Paper - Harvest Labour Services Reforms to encourage Australian job seekers to take up seasonal work.
- Consultation Paper explanatory webinar recording
- Consultation Paper webinar slides
- Consultation Paper webinar talking points
This consultation process was open to all stakeholders. Submissions to the Consultation Paper closed at 12 noon (Canberra time) 22 August 2019.
Submissions are published on the department’s website unless you did not agree to its publication and indicated your preference in the section provided on the SmartForm.
You can view the published submissions at Harvest Labour Services - Consultation Paper submissions
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
FAQ for the Consultation Paper for Harvest Labour Services – Reforms to encourage Australian job seekers to take up seasonal work.
If you have a question in relation to the consultation process please email the Employment Services Purchasing Mailbox or phone 1300 733 514 (Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Canberra time, excluding ACT and national public holidays).