Sumary of Now the border is open, will the backpackers return to work on farms?:
- The Australian government has re-opened the international border to backpackers, but some say the farming industry still has more to do to entice travellers back to its workforce.
- Given COVID-19 is raging again in Europe, farmers are hoping travellers will come to Australia in droves.
- ‘Screaming for casual workers’Chris Stillard, chair of the NSW Farmers Workplace Relations Committee, said there was a severe labour shortage in agriculture.
- “I’ve got dairy farmers, grain guys, the pork industry, the chicken industry, they’re all screaming for casual workers,” Mr Stillard said.
- Chris Stillard (middle) from the NSW Farmers Association said Australian farmers need 110,000 workers.
- He said workers could make up to $250 a day if they picked enough apples.
- ” Fruit grower Gary Godwill is keen to see backpackers working in Australia again.
- Australian farmers just as productive with borders closed, study findsNew data shows Australia’s fruit and vegetable grower output remained steady despite border closures reducing worker numbers.