Archive for the ‘employment’ Category

Farm labour incentives failing and the result could be crops left unharvested

Posted on: December 7th, 2020 by Mike Barrow No Comments

Attempts to encourage Australians who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic to take up farm work appear to be failing, despite cash incentives to help cover accommodation and [...] read more...

Growers plead for fresh ideas after $150,000 worth of unpicked food ploughed back into paddocks

Posted on: October 29th, 2020 by Mike Barrow No Comments

A North Queensland vegetable grower says she may not plant next year after making the “soul-destroying” decision to plough the last of her 2020 crop back into the ground. Key [...] read more...

NFF appeals to Federal Government to bring back backpackers, Working Holiday Maker program

Posted on: October 29th, 2020 by Mike Barrow No Comments

Farmers and tourism operators have written to the Federal Government pleading for backpackers to be allowed into Australia to harvest crops, care for children and travel. Key points: A report [...] read more...

Backpacker employer Bradford Clark Rosten fined $65,000 over farm death linked to heat stress

Posted on: October 28th, 2020 by Mike Barrow No Comments

A North Queensland businessman has been fined $65,000 over the death of an international backpacker who collapsed with heat stress while picking fruit in the Burdekin region. Key points: A [...] read more...

Underpaid international students struggle with cost of living as COVID-19 prevents travel home

Posted on: September 8th, 2020 by Mike Barrow No Comments

Nav Mittal says prospective Indian university students are sold an unrealistic dream about moving to Australia. Key points: International students say COVID-19 has exacerbated the chronic issue of underpaymentSome students [...] read more...