Frequently asked questions about the Seasonal Work Incentives Trial

What is the Seasonal Work Incentives Trial?

Growers in the horticultural industry are often in need of short term labour during peak times, particularly during harvest. The Australian Government’s new two year Seasonal Work Incentives Trial aims to address this need.

From 1 July 2017, this Trial offers financial incentives to support participants to take up short term work opportunities in the horticultural industry. A maximum of 3,800 placements can be supported in each year of the Trial.

Participants placed under the Trial can also receive a Living Away and Travel Allowance if the work they are placed in is located more than 120 km from their home.

What is Qualifying Seasonal Horticultural Work?

Under the Trial, employment service providers will be expected to engage with employers in the seasonal horticultural industry and place eligible participants into qualifying seasonal horticultural work.

Qualifying seasonal horticultural work for the purposes of the Trial is considered to be seasonal, short term employment in the horticultural industry picking and packing fruit, nuts or other crops in rural or regional Australia.

How can I participate in the Seasonal Work Incentives Trial?

The Trial will be managed from 1 July 2017 by jobactive, Transition to Work and Disability Employment Services providers, who will work closely with growers to match the right workers to their jobs. Providers will receive a weekly incentive payment for up to six weeks for placing an eligible participant into seasonal horticultural work.

Growers should contact their nearest provider to discuss their labour needs. Providers are located across Australia, and their contact details are available on the Service Providers page of the jobactive website (search by provider type and location).

Who is eligible for the Seasonal Work Incentives Trial?

To be eligible for the Trial, participants must be receiving Newstart or Youth Allowance (other) and have been receiving that payment for a minimum of three continuous months. They also must be receiving services through a jobactive, Transition to Work or Disability Employment Services provider.

There are two incentives to encourage people to participate in the Trial:

  • They can earn an extra $5,000 without it affecting their income support payments.
  • They are also eligible to receive a Living Away and Travel Allowance of up to $300 per year if the work they take up under the Trial is located more than 120 km from their home.

What is the role of employment services providers?

The Trial is being managed through jobactive, Transition to Work and Disability Employment Services providers from 1 July 2017. Providers are expected to work with growers in the horticultural industry to identify their labour needs and place eligible participants with them under the Trial to meet those needs.

Employment services providers will receive a weekly incentive payment for up to six weeks, depending on the duration of the job, to support growers and workers under the Trial.