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Calls for more help as international border stays closed due to COVID threat

Australia’s tourism industry has demanded more financial support amid warnings the nation’s international border could remain shut for much of this year. Key points: Australians have been warned international border [...] read more...

Seasonal Work Incentives Trial- what the bloody hell happened?

Tough sell to Aussie workers Even before COVID-19, attempts to get out-of-work Australians to take up farm jobs through cash incentives have often flopped. The Coalition Government’s $27.5 million Seasonal [...] read more...

December 7th, 2020 No Comments

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

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...

December 7th, 2020 No Comments

Calls for royal commission as report details allegations blueberry farmers pay workers $3 an hour

An investigation into the blueberry industry on the New South Wales north coast is alleging systemic wages theft and intentional worker underpayment by unscrupulous labour hire firms. Key points: An [...] read more...

December 7th, 2020 No Comments

Iconic Fraser Island fire out of control

Queensland has looked across the border for help to contain the out-of-control bushfire burning on Fraser Island, with challenging firefighting conditions expected again today. Key points: Residents in the beachside [...] read more...

BYTAP supports the final report for the review into the Working Holiday Maker program

The Joint Committee on Migration has released it’s final report for the inquiry into the Working Holiday Maker Program. BYTAP supports the recommendations of their report and their comments around [...] read more...

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

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

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...