Seasonal Work Incentives Trial

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This page includes useful resources for employers and seasonal workers.

Growers in the horticultural industry are often in need of short term labour during peak times, particularly during harvest. The Australian Government is undertaking the Seasonal Work Incentives Trial to help address this need.

The Seasonal Work Incentives Trial offers financial incentives to encourage job seekers to take up short term seasonal work opportunities in the horticultural industry by providing them with an opportunity to earn more income without affecting their income support payment. The incentives available under the Trial are:

  • A Provider Seasonal Work Incentive Payment of $100 per week for up to six weeks for providers who place eligible job seekers with eligible Employers.
  • A Seasonal Work Living Away and Travel Allowance of up to $300 each year for eligible job seekers where the job is more than 120km from their home.
  • A Seasonal Horticulture Work Income Exemption allowing eligible job seekers in receipt of Newstart and Youth Allowance (Other) to earn up to $5000 each year without losing any of their income support payment.

The Trial runs until 30 June 2019 and is capped at 3800 places over each financial year of the Trial. Places are available for job seekers participating in jobactive, Transition to Work and Disability Employment Services who are in receipt of Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance (Other) and have been receiving those payments continuously for three months.

The Trial is being managed by jobactive, Transition to Work and Disability Employment Services providers.

If you are interested in participating in the Trial, please contact your Employment Services Provider.

If you are an Employment Services Provider and need further information about the Trial please refer to the information on the ECN Access page.

Information for employers

If you are a grower in the horticultural industry who needs workers on a short term basis during peak times, you can access the Trial until 30 June 2019 to help meet your needs.

The Trial is being managed by jobactive, Transition to Work and Disability Employment Services providers.

They will  work closely with you to ensure they know what you need and that you get the right person who is willing to work and understands the job to be done.

Contact your nearest employment services provider to discuss your labour needs. Employment services providers are located across Australia, and their contact details are available on the Service Providers page of the jobactive website.

Definition of Qualifying Seasonal Horticultural Work

Qualifying Seasonal Horticultural Work is defined as work that includes one or more of the following activities:

  1. harvesting of crops including all vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds, hops, nuts, fungi, olives, flowers, broad acre crops, sugar and sandalwood
  2. pruning and trimming vines and fruit trees
  3. thinning and trimming flowers
  4. chipping and weeding
  5. operating harvesting equipment
  6. planting
  7. irrigating
  8. siloing
  9. packing and canning
  10. any other like activities, as specified in any Guidelines

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