Information for businesses
Transport access has been identified as a potential constraint limiting the number of people taking up seasonal harvest work opportunities in Tasmania. Seasonal workers are frequently expected to organise their own personal travel to and from the workplace. This is not possible for all seasonal harvest workers.
The Tasmanian Government’s support of transport services through this pilot program aims to provide transport options for members of the Tasmanian community, international students, interstate workers and working holiday makers to assist them in taking up seasonal harvest jobs. Seasonal harvest workers operating in Tasmania under the Pacific Australian Labour Mobility Scheme (PALM) can also look to make use of services organised through this program, but are not eligible for the Tasmanian Government's subsidy and must do so under a full cost recovery model.
Option 1: Grower managed transport program
This program provides financial support for businesses to develop and run transport services for their seasonal workforce.
Businesses using this program are provided support to build the transport service around the specific needs of their business. This includes control over:
- worker arrival times, departure times and travel routes
- which days the service does and doesn't operate
- the size and type of vehicle used.
- who will be driving the vehicle
Support is also provided for fuel and cleaning supplies to keep the service running in a COVID safe manner.
Option 2: Shared transport services
Not all employers may feel they are large enough to require a bus for themselves, and may look to share a service with other nearby growers. To support these employers, FGT will look to coordinate a shared transport service that supports multiple employers.
Businesses looking to explore the feasibility of a shared service should contact FGT. FGT will conduct a short feasibility study to determine if a shared route is feasible. The results of this study will be taken back to potential participants to finalise requirements and see if the group want to proceed. If businesses wish to proceed, FGT will contract and coordinate transport services for the participating employers.
Subsidies and cost sharing arrangements:
Funds provided by the Tasmanian Government will subsidise costs of shared transport services by up to a third of total costs (33%).
At their discretion, employers using the subsidised service can request employees benefiting from the transport to contribute to its cost. However, it is a condition of use of this service that employers themselves contribute no less than a third towards the cost of travel services provided to their sponsored employees.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Seasonal Worker Transport Program
The aim of the following information is to help you decide if the Seasonal Worker Transport Pilot is right for your business.
How can a transport service help my business?
By having a transport service for seasonal workers, businesses can potentially access seasonal harvest workers who would otherwise be unable to travel to and from work due to transport limitations.
What are the potential benefits of having a transport service?
We think the biggest benefit to be access to more potential workers and offer an incentive for existing workers to stay.
If I change my mind at a later date, can I still access the service?
Yes. We fully expect business' circumstances to change throughout the harvest season, making the need for transport services more or less attractive for businesses.
Can I access a list of potential workers expressing interest in the service?
Yes. Just ask us to send you a copy of the most recent list. We will also be emailing out this list from time to time. If you have not received it, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there a minimum number of times I have to use the service each week?
No, there is no minimum.
Can I alter the coach size to accommodate more or less workers?
Yes, this can be done but generally requires 24-48 hours of notice prior to the changes being made.
If I do not get enough people to use the service, will my business have to contribute to any unused seats?
That depends. Where possible, we will look to downsize vehicles and/or combine services to different employers to minimise transport costs. If this changes cannot be amended in time due to insufficient notice, we may ask for a contribution from the employer.