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Working in agriculture

Support farmers, support Australia

​​​​​​​​​​​​Visa options for workers in agriculture

​Working Holiday Makers​

All Working Holiday Makers (WHMs) can work in the agriculture sector.

Work for longer than 6 months for an employer​

WHMs who are working in agriculture can work for longer than six months with any one employer.

Second or third WHM visa

If you have completed three or six months of specified work​ in agriculture, you may be able to apply for a second or third WHM visa.​

Find out if you are eligible and how to ​ apply.

Students​

International students are allowed to work for more than 40 hours per fortnight during their study period if working in agriculture.​

Temporary Graduates

All Temporary Graduates​ can work in the agriculture sector. 

Extending your stay if you work in agriculture

Temporary visa holders working in agriculture, or with an offer of work in agriculture, can apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic Event visa to extend their stay and work in agriculture for up to 12 months.

There is no visa application charge and you can apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic Event visa from 90 days before your current visa expires.​You will not need to show your attempts to depart Australia.​

If you currently hold a COVID-19 Pandemic event visa that is about to expire you may be eligible for another COVID-19 Pandemic event visa to remain in Australia to continue working in a critical sector.

Find out how to apply.​

Safe Haven Enterprise visa/Temporary Protection visa holders​

Safe Haven Enterprise visa (SHEV) and Temporary Protection visa (TPV) holders have work rights and can work in the agriculture sector.

Seasonal Worker Programme and Pacific Labour Scheme

Seasonal Worker Programme and Pacific Labour Scheme visa holders can extend their stay in Australia to continue to work in agriculture. You can also work for more than one employer.

Relocation assistance

The Government will provide some relocation assistance to people who move to regional areas to take up agricultural work, including visa holders with the right to work in Australia.

Visa holders relocating to take up short-term agricultural work, including harvest work, may be eligible to receive relocation assistance of up to $2,000. These workers are not restricted to an employer or a type of work.

More information is available on the Jobsearch website​.