International border reopening to help Aussie farmers

The Hon David Littleproud MP
Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia
  • Reopening of the international border to boost the agricultural workforce and rural and regional businesses
  • Eligible visa holders will no longer require a travel exemption to travel to Australia
  • International workers remain crucial to farming
  • From today eligible visa holders who are fully vaccinated will no longer require a travel exemption from the Commissioner of the Australian Border Force to travel to Australia.

    Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud said this will benefit agricultural businesses who employ international agricultural workers.

    “This change will support farmers to access the workers they need from a range of visa programs, many of which they have not been able to access easily during the pandemic when travel and international border restrictions were in place,” Minister Littleproud said.

    “Eligible visas include Working Holiday Makers and many specific skilled visa subclasses used by the agriculture sector.

    “The pandemic has raised many challenges for our agricultural industries and the opening of our international borders provides an uplift in optimism for our farmers going forward

    “Farmers have been innovative in how they have dealt with worker shortages during COVID-19 but the return of visa holders will come as a welcome relief for many farmers and rural communities.

    “Quarantine will continue to be a barrier for the arrival of visa holders in some states and territories where quarantine requirements are still in place for fully vaccinated travellers.

    “I encourage all states and territories to open up consistent with the National COVID response plan.”

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