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Landmark talks are underway for Indonesia to become a participating country in the Australian Agricultural Worker Visa.
Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia, David Littleproud said this is a major step forward to relieve the workforce pressures that Australian farmers and our agricultural industries are currently facing.
“This is history in the making and Australians can be very proud that Indonesia would like to be part of our Visa Scheme,” said Mr Littleproud.
“As one of our closest neighbours and trading partners, I am very pleased that Indonesia is eager to strengthen our relationship even further.
“Farmers and all those involved in growing our ag industries can be encouraged by this announcement.
“The Ag Visa is the biggest structural reform to the agricultural workforce we have ever seen.
“The Visa will provide a long-term, reliable workforce for our critical industries while solving one of regional Australia’s greatest challenges in recent history.”
“Australian farmers should also be encouraged by the fact more than 50,000 workers are available under our Pacific mobility programs.
“New South Wales have moved to allow for quarantine free travel for fully vaccinated workers from 1 November 2021 which is great news.
“I would encourage all other states to follow suit. We have committed to bringing in an additional 12,500 workers by March 2022 and I would call on all states to help fast-track quarantine arrangements for Pacific workers before the end of the year.’
The Government is also in discussions with a number of other countries regarding their participation in the Visa.