Many growers and farmers urgently need workers to meet their harvest demand so they can continue to provide Australians with fresh Australian-grown produce.
The Australian Government’s Harvest Trail Services (HTS) is designed to assist, it's fully funded by government and there is no cost to use the service.
Employers: Harvest Trail Services providers can help employers, farmers and growers advertise their harvest jobs, find workers and link people looking for work with harvest employment opportunities through a Harvest Trail Services provider or advertise at no cost directly on the Harvest Trail Services Jobs Board.
Job seekers: can find employers, farmers and growers who are looking to hire on the Harvest Trail Services Jobs Board
Importantly, from 1 November 2020 to 31 December 2021, job seekers may be eligible for AgMove - Relocation Assistance to help with the costs of travel and accommodation when they relocate to take up short-term seasonal harvest or agricultural work.
Visit the Harvest Trail website for more information.
Severe Tropical Cyclone Seroja - 11-12 April 2021
The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) provides one-off financial assistance to eligible Australians adversely affected by Tropical Cyclone Seroja. The rate of AGDRP is $1000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child.
You have until 16 October 2021 to lodge a claim for AGDRP which can be lodged on the Services Australia website or contact the Australian Government Information Hotline on 180 22 66 for claims assistance.
The assistance is available in the following local government area(s)
Carnamah, Chapman Valley, Greater Geraldton, Mingenew, Morawa, Perenjori and Three Springs.
Disaster Recovery Allowance
The Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) provides income support payments to employees, primary producers and sole traders who can demonstrate they have experienced a loss of income as a direct result of Tropical Cyclone Seroja.
DRA is available to Australian residents who are 16 years and older if not already receiving another income support payment or pension such as the Age Pension, JobSeeker Payment or Service Pension.
You have until 14 October 2021 to lodge a claim for AGDRP. For more information on eligibility, visit the Services Australia website or contact the Australian Government Information Hotline on 180 22 66 for claims assistance.
The Morrison Government extended the construction commencement requirement for the successful HomeBuilder program from six months to 18 months for all existing applicants, bringing the total level of expected Government support for the construction sector under the program to $2.5 billion.
The extension only applied to existing applicants and provided an additional 12 months to commence construction from the date that the building contract was signed. All applicants who signed contracts during the HomeBuilder eligibility period between 4 June 2020 and 31 March 2021 have this extension applied to them.
Applications closed on the 14th of April, however, applicants have until 30 April 2023 to submit all supporting documentation (such as invoices for work done, and proof that construction has started) to their State or Territory Revenue Office for payment of the Homebuilder grant.
More information on HomeBuilder can be found on the Treasury website.
Four Local Government Shires in the Upper Gascoyne and MidWest region have been successful in winning 43% of Western Australia’s Building Better Regions Funding, Round 4. Yvonne Messina Chair of Regional Development Australia MidWest Gascoyne said ‘that the $7 million of Federal funding received by the Shires of Upper Gascoyne, Meekatharra, Carnarvon and Mingenew would make an important contribution to tourism, transport and water infrastructure.’ Yvonne stated that regional communities rely heavily on Grants for infrastructure and community development that support jobs and the tourist industry.
The $841.6 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) has funded more than 163 projects in Regional Australia and supports the Australian Government's commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.
Shire of Upper Gascoyne: Construction of Gascoyne Visitors Stop. $2,398,500
Shire of Meekatharra: Upgrade 28klm section of Landor road between Meekatharra and Carnarvon. $4,049,254
Shire of Mingenew: Restoration of the iconic 125 year old Mingenew Railway station as a cultural hub for the community: $108,257
Shire of Carnarvon: Upgrade of the Carnarvon Recycled Water Pipeline. $465,000.
Total Funding for Western Australia: BBRF Infrastructure Fund: $16,473,918
MidWest and Gascoyne Shires: $7,021,011
Information on previously successful recipients can be found on regional.gov.au.