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Government of Victoria sets aside $17 million to address labor shortages

The Victoria state government has announced it will provide targeted funding to attract seasonal workers to the regions. Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes says a $17 million package will help address seasonal workforce shortages, brought on by the pandemic.

Ms Symes said: "These jobs are hard work - but they're also some of the most rewarding and could be the start of a really fruitful and exciting career in agriculture. I urge Victorian farmers to look at the funding available and register with Working Victoria - to connect with workers keen and able to help them get their product to plate."

The package includes more than $6 million to boost the supply of COVID-safe accommodation for seasonal workers, including working with councils and local accommodation providers like motels and caravan parks to explore accommodation options for regional seasonal workers.

The government will also employ new Seasonal Workforce Coordinators, along with Engagement Officers, who will link local industry groups, employers, labor hire agencies, local government and other stakeholders.

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