Fresh approach to seasonal work


A range of incentives are in place for unemployed people to undertake seasonal horticultural work to help them gain experience and improve their skills.


Liberal Senator for Tasmania Stephen Parry said the Federal Government’s Seasonal Work Incentives Trial will support those looking for work, as well as assisting businesses.


“This is beneficial for workers and growers in the horticultural sector, which is often in need of short-term labour during peak times like fruit picking season,” Senator Parry said.


“The horticultural industry offers excellent practical opportunities for people keen to build their skills and gain work experience.


“The Seasonal Work Incentives Trial offers financial incentives to support unemployed people to take up work opportunities for up to six weeks.


“This is an important opportunity for both the Tasmanian horticultural industry and unemployed locals seeking work.”


The $27.5 million trial began this week and will run for two years, capped at 7,600 participants nationally.  The trial’s incentives are available to eligible Newstart and Youth Allowance (Other) recipients who have been receiving those payments continuously for at least three months and are participating in jobactive, Transition to Work or Disability Employment Services.


The incentives include:

• Participants being able to earn up to $5,000 each year from qualifying seasonal horticultural work without it being assessed under the social security income test.

• Eligibility for a Seasonal Work Living Away and Travel Allowance of up to $300 each year, if they undertake qualifying seasonal horticultural work more than 120 kilometres from their home.

• Employment service providers will receive a Provider Seasonal Work Incentive Payment of $100 per week for up to six weeks a year for each eligible person that they place with eligible farmers.


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