Harvest Labour Services and the National Harvest Labour Information Service – Consultation

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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.

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 Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business (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.

Locations

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
  • Tasmania
  • Top End, Northern Terrritory and Western Australia
  • Wide Bay, Queensland.

Consultation Paper

Feedback can be provided by responding to the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business’ Consultation Paper – Harvest Labour Services Reforms to encourage Australian job seekers to take up seasonal work.

How to provide feedback

This consultation process is open to all stakeholders. Submissions to the Consultation Paper can be lodged by completing the SmartForm and emailing it to the department’s Employment Services Purchasing Mailbox.

Submissions will be published on the department’s website unless you do not agree to its publication and indicate your preference in the section provided on the SmartForm.

Submissions close at 12 noon (Canberra time), Thursday 22 August 2019.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

FAQ for the Consultation Paper for Harvest Labour Services – Reforms to encourage Australian job seekers to take up seasonal work have been developed to help you find answers to the questions you may have. The FAQ document will be updated frequently.

Further information 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).