The Australian Seasonal Worker Visa Program has been extended due to lazy youth.
In the midst of a labour shortage in the agriculture sector, the Australian Seasonal Worker Visa Program (subclass 416) has been extended to include grain, cattle, sheep, and mixed industries.
The Australian Seasonal Worker Visa Program enables employers to recruit foreign employees. They may do this when they are unable to find the local workers that are required to meet the seasonal labour needs.
Australian farmers claim to be frustrated with the lazy, unemployed local youth who are not willing to participate in physical labour. They seem to be applauding the decision to extend the Australian Seasonal Worker Visa Program, saying that it will assist in boosting productivity and revenue.
Australia’s Minister for Employment, Michaelia Cash, announced that by extending the Australian Seasonal Worker Visa Program to include unskilled labourers, it will ease the strain that is currently placed on the agricultural industry and aid in overcoming the seasonal labour shortages. However, it was made clear that employers will be required to prove that they have tried to, and were unable to recruit local employees to fill the available positions.
Unemployed youth have come to be under constant severe criticism, especially since the youthunemployment rate has recently risen to 20%, yet farmers still cannot seem to find local workers. Senator David Leyonhjelm even went so far as to rhetorically ask whether the unemployed youth would perhaps find work ethic if they were to be stripped of other people’s money and were left to starve.
Leyonhjelm’s comments came after a wool industry group announced
that Australia was in severe danger of losing
the traditional and long-kept skill of sheep shearing. The group also said that they were training the minimum amount of shearers. At the moment Australia is importing much-needed shearers from Canada, New Zealand and Ireland in an attempt to fill vacancies during seasonal periods.
Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, along with, Employment Minister, Michaelia Cash, recently announced that the Australian Seasonal Worker Visa Program will be extended from primarily work in the horticultural field to now include a broader range of agricultural work. Under the prior scheme businesses benefitted greatly by having the ability to employ several fruit pickers from overseas; they were unable to recruit a sufficient amount of people locally.
According to recent data, more than 8,600 visas have been allocated to immigrants under the Australian Seasonal Worker Visa program, since July 2012. This has helped more than 70 employers in filling vacancies that they were previously unable to fill.
It has been made clear that all foreign employees that are brought into the country by Australianemployers are allowed the same workplace health and safety safeguards and employment relations as that of local job seekers and employees.
Michaelia Cash announced that the Australian Seasonal Worker Visa Program has been greatly effective in assisting local businesses in overcoming seasonal labour shortages. A large range of agriculture industries including, grain, sheep, cattle and combined enterprises will be able to be part of the program as of now.
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