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International Labour Mobility

The Australian Agriculture Visa

The Australian Agriculture Visa program has been introduced to address workforce shortages in the agriculture sector. It delivers on the Australian Government’s commitment to put in place a broad ranging visa to support the growth of Australia’s agricultural and primary industry sectors as they strive to reach $100 billion in value by 2030.

The Australian Agriculture Visa program will supplement the existing Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme. The PALM scheme remains the primary scheme for meeting agricultural workforce shortages in our primary industries sector and the key solution for the current harvest.

 

Image of worker picking bananas.
Credit: Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

A scaled approach to establishing the Australian Agriculture Visa program has been agreed with industry. We are working with a group of Approved Employers to bring in an initial group of employees to test systems and processes before the program’s expansion throughout 2022 when we expect a steady increase in employees arriving in Australia.

Vietnam is the first country in Southeast Asia to participate in the Australian Agriculture Visa program. As further details about the program are finalised, including details on how to participate as an employer or an employee, this page will be updated with additional information.

 

Image of tractor farming crops.
Credit: Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

For more information about the new Australian Agriculture Visa program, please see our Fact Sheet, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Program Settings:

This page was last updated on 12 April 2022.

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