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Australia’s Horticultural employers to sponsor 31 approved occupations from 1 January 2020

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Australia’s Horticultural employers to sponsor 31 approved occupations from 1 January 2020

On 23 December 2019, Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge announced the introduction of the new Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement (HILA)

From 1 January 2020, horticultural employers will be able to submit an application to the Department of Home Affairs to sponsor a migrant worker to come to Australia and fill one of the 31 approved occupations listed under the Labour Agreement.

The HILA will provide access to skilled and semi-skilled migrant workers for the horticulture industry, where appropriately qualified Australians are unavailable.  

The HILA will allow Australian businesses in the industry to sponsor overseas workers across 31 occupations, and provides concessions to standard skilled visa requirements. 

What can a Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement be used for?

The Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement can be used by Australian employers for the following:

  • Sponsor overseas workers for the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) (subclass 482) visa for a total of 31 approved occupations.
  • Sponsor overseas workers for permanent residency under the:
    • Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (SESR) (subclass 494) visa program with a permanent pathway to a Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191) available after three years; or
    • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) (subclass 186) visa program after a three or four year transitional period on a TSS visa—three years for approved Skill Level 1-3 occupations and four years for approved Skill Level 4-5 occupations.
  • Access the following concessions to standard skilled visa requirements:
    • Discount of up to 10% on the Temporary Skill Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) where it is demonstrated that equivalent Australian workers do not receive annual earnings of $53,900.
    • A broader range of monetary payments (e.g. regularised overtime) and non-monetary benefits (e.g. accommodation) can be counted as guaranteed earnings.
    • For the TSS visa—overseas workers must score at least IELTS 5.0 overall, and at least IELTS 4.0 in each individual component score. For the ENS and SESR visas—overseas workers must score at least IELTS 5.0 overall, and at least IELTS 4.5 in each individual component score.
    • Overseas workers can be up to 50 years of age when they apply for an ENS or SESR visa.

While the HILA is not a new visa product it will complement existing temporary and permanent migration programs to support regional horticulture employers and communities, including the Working Holiday Maker Program, Seasonal Worker Program, the Pacific Labour Scheme and Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs).

A full summary of approved occupations, terms and available concessions are available, see New Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement.

Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement terms and concessions

Approved occupationANZSCO Code or nearest equivalentANZSCO Skill LevelPositive Skills AssessmentTSMIT ConcessionEnglish ConcessionPermanent Pathway
Irrigation Designer/ Manager234111*1YesYesYesYes
Agronomist2341121YesYesYesYes
Entomologist234518*1YesYesYesYes
Horticulture Grower070499*1YesYesYesYes
Protected Cropping Grower070499*1YesYesYesYes
Horticulture Research &
Development Officer
132511*1YesYesYesYes
Mechanical Engineer2335121YesYesYesYes
Horticulture Farm Manager070499*1YesYesYesYes
Quality Assurance Manager1399141YesYesYesYes
Biosecurity Officer311399*2YesYesYesYes
Facility Plant Manager149913*2YesYesYesYes
Facility Supervisor070499*2YesYesYesYes
Maintenance Electrician341111*3YesYesYesYes
Fitter and Welder3232133YesYesYesYes
Agriculture Technician321212*3YesYesYesYes
Mechanic321211*3YesYesYesYes
Senior Nurseryperson3624113YesYesYesYes
Nurseryperson3624113YesYesYesYes
Nursery Supervisor3624113YesYesYesYes
Truck Driver7331114Yes^YesYesYes
Mobile Plant Operator7211114Yes^YesYesYes
Fork Lift Driver7213114Yes^YesYesYes
Irrigationist8419995Yes^YesYesYes
Irrigationist Assistant8419995Yes^YesYesYes
Horticulture Section
Manager
070499*5Yes^YesYesYes
Section Supervisor070499*4Yes^YesYesYes
Production Horticulture
Supervisor
070499*4Yes^YesYesYes
Production Horticulturist070499*3Yes^YesYesYes
Machinery Manager149913 or 149999*4YesYesYesYes
Machinery Supervisor149999*4YesYesYesYes
Cold Storage Manager149999*3YesYesYesYes

For more information regarding Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement, please get in touch with our migration team at info@australasiaeduconnect.com.au

Sources:

  • https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/davidcoleman/Pages/relief-for-growers-this-summer.aspx
  • https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/what-we-do/skilled-migration-program/recent-changes/new-horticulture-industry-labour-agreement.
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