Definition of a seasonal worker in the agribusiness and fisheries industry

Employers in the agribusiness and fisheries industry may need to hire seasonal workers to undertake work. A seasonal worker is a person who travels to, or within, Queensland for work as it becomes available, requiring them to relocate and stay in temporary accommodation. A seasonal worker can be:

  • a person who has come from overseas to travel and work temporarily in Australia (for example, a backpacker or visa holder)
  • an Australian resident, seeking seasonal work either locally or across the country.
  • a Queensland resident who has moved away from their permanent home and is staying in temporary accommodation to undertake seasonal work.

Seasonal workers can be skilled or unskilled and may be needed to:

  • pick fruit and vegetables
  • work in packing sheds, canneries and other processing plants or factories
  • prune, cut, harvest and plant crops such as sugar cane and grain
  • work on sheep and cattle stations, piggeries and poultry farms.

To help protect you, your workforce and your community, you will need to consider the current border restrictions when employing seasonal workers from a hotspot.


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