COVID-19 updates

COVID-19 seasonal worker visa update

Fruit Growers Tasmania | Friday, 17 April 2020, 9.00pm

Employers should be aware of the following changes affecting working holiday and seasonal worker program employees, which have been introduced to help growers manage labour needs during the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

From 4 April 2020, working holiday makers working in agriculture and seasonal workers operating in Australia through the Seasonal Worker Program or Pacific Labour Schemes can apply to be transferred to a 408 visa subclass (Australian Government Endorsed Events).

All persons applying for this specialised 408 visa subclass are required to apply for this visa during the last 28 days of their visa.

View Home Affairs website  408 Visa details

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Update re: Accommodation for Fruit Industry Workers

Fruit Growers Tasmania | Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 4.15pm

With the agriculture and related services sectors deemed essential services, the Tasmanian Government through the Department of Communities Tasmania has reached out to Fruit Growers Tasmania to ensure there are no accommodation issues for fruit industry workers in Tasmania. 

In short, Communities Tasmania recognises the importance of fruit industry workers to the state, whether they be local or not, and want to ensure these workers stay here to participate in the harvest. Should any growers have workers who are experiencing difficulties in securing accommodation, please let us know, and we will work with Communities Tasmania to address any difficulties. 

It is also understood that workers may need to move to another area of the state for work purposes during this period, as harvest requirements change, and hence may need to change accommodation. 

This is also currently quite acceptable, and again, should workers experience difficulties with this relocation or securing accommodation, they should also contact Fruit Growers Tasmania.

 

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FGT Industry Update - COVID-19

Fruit Growers Tasmania | Monday, 30 March 2020, 2.00pm

FGT has been contacted by some growers with queries about managing the ongoing coronavirus situation. Below are a list of key points based on available information at this time, and we will keep you informed if circumstances change.

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