On 30 September 2021, the Australian Department of Home Affairs published latest development on the proposed Australian Agriculture Worker (AAW) visa. Although the initiative was announced as early as on 23 August 2021 by the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs and meant to be released on 23 September 2021. However up to date, details of the visa are still pending.
This visa program is for primary industry sectors including horticulture, meat processing, dairy, wool, grains, fisheries and forestry.
It is believed that the government is till negotiating with relevant Southeast Asian countries as to whether they would like to participate or not and consulting with industries to ensure that visa arrangement is fit-for purpose and meets industry needs.
Korrylink is keeping close eyes on the progress of this visa and update our clients accordingly.