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AgriLabour Australia's Luke Brown (left) and his sister Courtenay Brown, with Australian
Migration & Visa Lawyers partner Helen Duncan in the Trades Display Hall at the Cotton
Australia conference on the Gold Coast in Qld.
Labour reforms crucial
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By COLIN BETTLES
AGRILABOUR Australia business devel-
opment manager Luke Brown has called
for the extension of 417 and 462 work-
ing holiday visas to relieve workforce shortages
in rural and farming areas.
"The only way to keep those workers is
through a sponsorship program but that's
hard and expensive because, under the rules,
you have to recruit someone from overseas
with an agricultural degree or certificates," he
said at the the recent Cotton Australia confer-
"Many farmers are using 417 working holi-
day visas and, if you do your time and check
your references, there's a quality supply of
labour to Australia because of the financial cri-
sis in Europe," he said.
"But where we run into problems is that the
working holiday visa ends at six months for any
employer because of government restrictions.
"If that could be extended to 12 months
or even two years, we'd be in a much better
Earlier this year, the Senate handed down a
report on agricultural workforce and skills
shortages following an inquiry by the
Education, Employment and Workplace
Relations References Committee -- making 11
Chaired by Western Australian Liberal
Senator Chris Back, the report said skills short-
ages were not confined to university graduates,
with his committee receiving evidence sug-
gesting occupations from farmhands through
to agronomists were affected.
Other initiatives were launched around the
same time by AgriFood Skills Australia, the
AgriBusiness Council of Australia, the
Business/Higher Education Roundtable and
the Primary Industr y Centre for Science
Education seeking to form a new industry
council to overhaul the way industry attracts,
educates and retains talent.
Sen Back said workers from the backpacker
market were considered important to broad-
acre and horticultural farming operations.
New APGASA executive takes reins
LONG-standing chairman of the Apple and Pear
Growers Association of South Australia Michael
Nicol has retired from the executive committee
following the annual general meeting in August.
John Plummer and John Magarey also resigned.
Chief executive officer Susie Green said all
three members had made a tremendous
contribution to the association and the industry.
"We would like to extend our thanks for their
efforts, and acknowledge their contribution,
particularly through what have been some fairly
challenging times for the association," she said.
Ashley Green, Michael Stafford and Carey
Schultz were re-elected onto the executive
committee. They have been joined by Tony
Ceravolo, Matthew Flavell, Damian McArdle and
"I feel the new committee has the strength,
experience and enthusiasm to drive the
association forward," Ms Green said.
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