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Australia's New Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement comprise 31 Occupations- Starts 1st January 2020

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 28, Dec 2019

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Australia has announced new Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement, which will take effect from 1st January 2020. The agreement will allow the businesses in Australia's horticulture industry, to apply for the new Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement.

The Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement provides a chance to employ the skilled and semi-skilled migrant workers for the horticulture industry, where suitably qualified Australians are not available. It will help meet the issue of skill shortage in the industry. The agreement contains total 31 occupations, i.e. the highest number of occupations compared to any other labour agreement in the Australia.

Significance of Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement

The new Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement will allow the Australian employers to:
  • Sponsor foreign workers for the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) (subclass 482) visa for 31 approved occupations.
  • Sponsor foreign workers for PR or permanent residency under the:
    • Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (SESR) (subclass 494) visa program with a pathway to a Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191) available after 3 years; or
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) (subclass 186) visa program after a 3 or 4 year transitional period on a TSS visa-3 years for approved Skill Level 1-3 occupations and 4 years for approved Skill Level 4-5 occupations.
  • Access the below concessions to standard skilled visa requirements:
    • Discount of up to ten percent on the Temporary Skill Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) where it is shown that equivalent Australian workers do not receive annual earnings of $53,900.
    • A wider range of financial payments (e.g. regularised overtime) and non-monetary benefits (e.g. accommodation) can be counted as guaranteed earnings.
    • For the TSS visa-foreign workers need to score minimum IELTS 5.0 overall, and minimum IELTS 4.0 in each individual component score. For the ENS and SESR visas-foreign workers must score minimum IELTS 5.0 overall, and at least IELTS 4.5 in each individual component score.
    • Foreign workers can be up to 50 years of age when they apply for an ENS or SESR visa.
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Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement terms and concessions

Approved occupation ANZSCO Code or nearest equivalent ANZSCO Skill Level Positive Skills Assessment TSMIT Concession English Concession Permanent Pathway
Irrigation Designer/ Manager 234111* 1 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Agronomist 234112 1 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Entomologist 234518* 1 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Horticulture Grower 070499* 1 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Protected Cropping Grower 070499* 1 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Horticulture Research & 132511* 1 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Development Officer
Mechanical Engineer 233512 1 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Horticulture Farm Manager 070499* 1 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Quality Assurance Manager 139914 1 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Biosecurity Officer 311399* 2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Facility Plant Manager 149913* 2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Facility Supervisor 070499* 2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Maintenance Electrician 341111* 3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fitter and Welder 323213 3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Agriculture Technician 321212* 3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mechanic 321211* 3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Senior Nurseryperson 362411 3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nurseryperson 362411 3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nursery Supervisor 362411 3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Truck Driver 733111 4 Yes^ Yes Yes Yes
Mobile Plant Operator 721111 4 Yes^ Yes Yes Yes
Fork Lift Driver 721311 4 Yes^ Yes Yes Yes
Irrigationist 841999 5 Yes^ Yes Yes Yes
Irrigationist Assistant 841999 5 Yes^ Yes Yes Yes
Horticulture Section 070499* 5 Yes^ Yes Yes Yes
Manager
Section Supervisor 070499* 4 Yes^ Yes Yes Yes
Production Horticulture 070499* 4 Yes^ Yes Yes Yes
Supervisor
Production Horticulturist 070499* 3 Yes^ Yes Yes Yes
Machinery Manager 149913 or 149999* 4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Machinery Supervisor 149999* 4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cold Storage Manager 149999* 3 Yes Yes Yes Yes

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Rajneesh Kumar

Rajneesh Kumar is a well-known writer,blogger and content creator. His passion and expertise in writing content on Immigration, visa, political affairs, News, current affairs, etc. makes him one of the best professional writers around.

He has been creating the Immigration Content, i.e. Blogs, Articles, social media, videos, etc. for more than 5 years now.

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