Full-Time Work in Agriculture Allowed for Overseas Students
The Department of Home Affairs has announced that overseas students will be permitted to work more than the usual 40 hours per fortnight during semesters if they are working in the agriculture sector. This builds on earlier concessions for international students working in the health and aged care sector.
According to a joint media release by the Ministers for Immigration and Agriculture, the changes would not just give temporary visa holders the ability to earn more income, they would also help farmers this harvest season and avoid food going to waste.
“It will also be easier for temporary visa holders to access the COVID-19 Pandemic Even visa, if they choose to work in the agriculture sector," Minister Hawke said. More than 5,600 COVID-19 Pandemic event visas have already been granted to support the agriculture sector since they were made available in April 2020.
Harvest Trail Services, administered by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, will assist temporary visa holders to find harvest work, while continuing its focus on linking Australian jobseekers with jobs in regional horticulture areas.
Anyone looking for agriculture work should visit Harvest Trail: jobsearch.gov.au/harvest
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