Help Harvest NSW is a webportal designed to connect displaced employees and seasonal workers with producers and growers around the state who have seasonal work available.
NSW farmers and producers have faced many challenges in recent times, including drought, flood and bushfires, and are now facing a critical staff shortage due to COVID-19 border restrictions.
Help Harvest NSW is a joint government initiative aimed at linking an available labour force with farm producers and agribusinesses across the state during the critical harvest season to address both the labour shortage, and to facilitate economic recovery in the wake of COVID-19.
The agriculture industry has a range of jobs on offer. Everything from fruit picking and grain harvesting, to working on a cattle property.
Help Harvest NSW brings together a range of information about seasonal work and how to find a job, as well as links to opportunities to upskill for a new career in the agribusiness sector.
The webportal is the main hub of this project, and the information will also be shared amongst multiple other government sites. An engagement campaign also begins today to encourage those workers displaced due to COVID-19 to consider agricultural and farm work.
Visit Help Harvest NSW for more information and to connect with farmers and producers across the state.
The NSW Government has announced new measures to ensure horticultural businesses can continue to safely operate and to protect workers from COVID-19. One important step to protect you and your staff is to ensure you have a COVID-19 Safety Plan: agriculture (PDF, 190.32 KB) in place.
Managing Primary Production workers
Access the NSW website for more detail
RECENT COVID-19 UPDATES AND CHANGES
The DPI COVID-19 Concierge response is continuing to work with, and advocate for, our industry partners.
The DPI COVID-19 webportal is updated as information becomes available.
INTRODUCTION OF A CRITICAL SERVICES (AGRICULTURE) PERMIT
Following on from Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW, Adam Marshall’s announcement, from 19 August 2020 farmers and critical agricultural workers who reside outside the Border Region Zone in Victoria will now have a new pathway to enter NSW and move outside the ‘border bubble’ for work.
Under the amended Public Health Order, farmers, vets and critical agricultural workers who reside outside the Border Region Zone in Victoria, but within 100km of the border, may be eligible for a new permit which allows for movement but only within 100km north of the border into NSW.
Critical service agriculture worker
A critical service agriculture worker is a Victorian resident who is employed in an agricultural or primary production industry in New South Wales to provide a critical agriculture service.
A critical agricultural service must:
- not be able to be provided remotely
- not be available in New South Wales within a 100km radius of the place where the service is provided.
If you are a critical service agriculture worker, you must:
- travel by the most practicable direct route to where the service is provided and your home or accommodation
- self-isolate except when providing the critical service
- comply with the relevant COVID-19 Safety Plan – please note that here is a new COVID Business Safety Plan for this permit with additional stringent conditions
- not travel more than 100km north of the border
- have documentary evidence that the critical service meets the criteria (this must be signed by the head of the organisation that employs you or if you are self-employed, the person you are providing the service to)
You must not enter New South Wales if within the previous 14 days you have:
- been in a restricted area
- travelled more than 100km south of the border.
Types of critical service agriculture workers eligible for a permit:
- Dairy technicians, Dairy consultants, Artificial Insemination Specialists
- Horticultural technicians, machinery operators and mechanics, harvesters, pruners. Horticultural consultants for agronomy, plant health, harvest management, pest and disease
- Wool testing technicians, shearers
- Specialist consultants – agronomists, nutritionists, veterinary, seed and crop researchers. Agribusiness specialists for where internet or video conference facilities cannot be accessed
- Crop harvesters, hay and silage contractors, rice sowing contractors, crop spray/fertilizer contractors
- Forestry workers/technicians
- Intensive livestock piggery/poultry (egg and broiler) technicians, processing workers, stockfeed mill operators
- Specialist contractors/equipment – Irrigation specialists, fencing contractors
- Specialist agricultural service providers – market access inspectors, saleyard operators and agents, livestock carriers
- Commercial fishing crew and operators, Aquaculture operators/technicians
- Beekeepers – commercial operators
- Commercial Wine Production – technicians, specialists involved in the production, harvest, testing and management of vintage
- Biosecurity Officers – pest trap inspectors, pest and weed controllers
- Cross-border rural property landowners, leaseholders, agistment holders or their agents directly involved in or responsible for land management, livestock husbandry, agronomy pest and disease control and production management
- Bushfire recovery workers.
For more information regarding eligibility and how to apply for a Highly Specialised Critical Services (Agriculture) Permit, visit Service NSW.
HIGHLY SPECIALISED CRITICAL SERVICE PERMIT
Please note that the Highly Specialised Critical Service permit announced on 7 August 2020 is still available. Visit the NSW Government website for more information.
Under this permit, the criteria remains as follows:
A person providing a critical service, being a critical service that is highly specialised and
(a) not able to provided by the person remotely, and
(b) for a person providing the critical service in NSW – not available in NSW in the same or substantially the same form, and
(c) for a person providing the critical service in Victoria – not available in Victoria in the same or substantially the same form.
The person must:
(a) travel to New South Wales by aircraft landing at Sydney Airport, and
(b) self-isolate except when providing the critical service, and
(c) have documentary evidence that the critical service meets the criteria and signed by
- the head of the organisation that employs the person, or
- if the person is self-employed – the person to whom the critical service is provided