Sweet new incentives to pick strawberries & melons


As the COVID-19 induced labour shortage continues to impact Australian farmers, federal and state governments have launched a number of initiatives aimed at getting more Australians working on farm.

From picking strawberries in Queensland to melon picking in the Northern Territory, here are the latest incentives on offer.

Growers and workers benefit in Territory’s sweet new melon incentives

The Northern Territory’s new campaign to support its $70 million melon industry and ensure farmers have the workforce they need to pick, pack and supply Australian melons.

Per the incentives, employers are eligible to receive up to $1,000 per worker if they attract interstate staff to relocate who work for a minimum of 30 hours a week for 5 consecutive weeks.

Alternatively, employers who hire Territory personnel who relocate over 90 minutes from their residence for farm work, are entitled to $250.

Employees are eligible to receive a $200 per week loyalty bonus (through payroll) after working for a minimum of 30 hours per week for 5 continuous weeks from 9 April until 14 July.

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