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On 5 November 2018, the Australian Government announced further measures to support farmers and regional economies. In addition, changes to the Seasonal Worker Programme will provide additional incentives for employers to recruit workers. These include:
- Increasing the work period in Australia to nine months for all workers (currently six months for some countries).
- Increasing validity of labour market testing prior to recruiting workers from three to six months.
- Reducing out of pocket expenses for employers (workers repay their full travel costs except for the first $300; a reduction from the previous $500).
Please refer to the Media Release for further information.