Support for your business

The Victorian Government is supporting farm businesses to plan and navigate workforce challenges and provide training opportunities, which can be viewed on the Seasonal harvest training page.

Workforce Planning support for Agriculture businesses

With the seasonal workforce challenges experienced in recent seasons, workforce planning and management has never been more important for the horticulture industry.

Information and resources  are available to help horticulture businesses manage workforce challenges during harvest.

The Business Workforce Planning for your next harvest’ booklet is a tool to assist businesses in managing their workforces as well as review their current ways of working and finding new ways to attract and retain workers. This outlines valuable human resource management and workforce planning tips for the horticulture industry.

On-farm accommodation

Worker accommodation on-farm is an essential part of attracting and retaining workers. It is important that horticulture businesses keep up to date with any changes to the Victoria Planning Provisions and Public Health and Wellbeing (prescribed accommodation) regulations when planning and providing on farm accommodation.

For more information visit:

Summary of useful resources to agriculture businesses

Australian Government financial support



Australian Apprenticeships Incentives ProgramThe Australian Government provides a number of incentives to eligible apprentices and employers.
Wage subsidies

Subsidies of up to $10,000 to hire and retain eligible jobseekers in ongoing and sustainable positions longer than six months.

Useful resources



Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS)

The RFCS provides free financial counselling to farmers and related small businesses that are in, or at risk of, financial hardship.

Call 1800 686 175 (toll free).

Lifeline 24/7

Lifeline provides crisis support and suicide prevention services. Call 131 114


Beyondblue provides 24/7 telephone information and support, to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health. Call 1300 224 636

MensLine Australia

MensLine Australia is a 24/7 service for men with relationship and family concerns.

Wellbeing and mental health support for small businesses

Victorians who run a small business can access mental health support to navigate the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Current support under this program includes the Partners in Wellbeing helpline 1300 375 330

WorkSafe Victoria

WorkSafe Victoria has information and support for employers and employees. It also has industry specific and multilingual information.

WorkSafe Victoria is offering free workplace safety consultation services through the OHS Essentials program. It is delivered by independent occupational health and safety (OHS) experts.

Victorian Skills Gateway

The VCCI has free annual membership and access to business resources.

Business Victoria

Find tips on how to create a continuity plan and evaluate risk. Learn how to respond and recover. Book a low-cost appointment with a mentor to help you work through or develop a business recovery plan. 13 22 15

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)

The VCCI has free annual membership and access to coronavirus (COVID-19) business resources.

Export Finance Australia

Export Finance Australia provides support and resources for exporters

Export Council of Australia

The Export Council has a suite of tools and resources for exporters and updates on supply chains and freight.

Page last updated: 20 Jan 2023