Seasonal Work Incentives Trial

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This page includes useful resources for employers and seasonal workers.

Incentives are available from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2019. The Trial will be capped at 3,800 participants over each financial year of the Trial.

Information Sessions for service providers and growers have been held in selected locations across Australia.

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 from 1 July 2017 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.

Information for seasonal workers

If you have been receiving Newstart or Youth Allowance (other) for a minimum of three months you may be able to earn up to $5,000 in seasonal work without reducing your payments.

If you take up work seasonal horticultural work, such as picking and packing fruit, nuts or other crops, under the Seasonal Work Incentives Trial, you can earn as much as $5,000 before your income support payments are reduced. See Definition of Qualifying Seasonal Horticultural Work below.

You could also receive up to $300 Living Away and Travel Allowance each year if you need to travel more than 120 km from your home to this work.

As well as earning some extra money, taking up work under the Trial could help you get a long term job in the horticultural industry.

Conditions apply – discuss your eligibility and suitability with your employment services provider.

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

If you have any queries please email:


The following is a list of all the resources that are associated with Seasonal Work Incentives Trial.


  1. Employment programs available to the horticulture industry

    Created: 14 July 2017

    Growers in the horticultural industry are often in need of short-term labour during peak times, particularly during harvest. The Australian Government has a number of programs...

  2. Seasonal Work Incentives Trial — Fact sheet for employers

    Created: 14 July 2017

    The Australian Government is undertaking the Seasonal Work Incentives Trial from 1 July 2017 to help address the seasonal labour demands of horticultural growers.

  3. Seasonal Work Incentives Trial — Fact sheet for seasonal workers

    Created: 14 July 2017

    If you are looking for work and are on Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance, you may be able to earn up to $5,000 without reducing your payments.