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Working in agriculture

Support farmers, support Australia

​​​​Employers in agriculture

Flexibility for visa holders working in agriculture

Temporary visa measures are in place to support the agriculture sector, including:

  • allowing students who work in agriculture to work beyond the usual 40 hours per fortnight work limitation during their study period
  • enabling WHMs to apply for a further visa to continue working in agriculture for an additional 12 months

Workers for agriculture

A range of temporary visas allow visa holders to work in the agricultural sector, including the Working Holiday Maker program, the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme, and the Student, Temporary Graduate, SHEV and TPV visa categories.

Migrant workers in Australia are covered by the same workplace laws, entitlements and protections as Australians and must have the right to work on their visa. Employers can check prospective employee work rights through VEVO.

There are penalties for employing illegal workers. Find out more on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website.