Agriculture Workforce Plan

The $50 million Agriculture Workforce Plan provides targeted support to agriculture, food processing and critical food supply chain businesses in rural, regional and outer metropolitan areas in Victoria, to meet their labour and operational needs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The plan assists agriculture, food processing and critical food supply chain businesses in rural, regional and outer metropolitan areas in Victoria with support for:

The plan assists with recruitment support and financial support for:

  • worker relocation and transport (worker accommodation and travel-to-work transport)
  • worker induction and retraining
  • business adaptation.

It is part of the Victorian Government’s $500 million Working for Victoria Fund, which helps people who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic find new opportunities. Businesses across the state can register their needs on the platform and access a talent pool of jobseekers.

The Agriculture Workforce Plan provides assistance for worker accommodation and transportation to help fill roles where local jobseekers are not available.

Agriculture Victoria and Regional Development Victoria are working together to support vital industries such as horticulture, dairy, meat, food production, manufacturing, as well as transport and logistics services.

Download the factsheet:

Recruitment support

Alternatively, request an Agriculture Workforce Plan case manager to contact you to find out if you’re eligible for additional support or if you need urgent assistance. You can do this by submitting the 'Register for Agriculture Workforce Plan' form located at the bottom of this page.

Financial support

Worker relocation and transport

Worker relocation and transport support assists eligible businesses with worker accommodation and travel-to-work costs for vacant roles.

A daily travel-to-work allowance of up to $50 per employee and daily accommodation support of up to $200 per employee is available to businesses unable to fill eligible roles locally.

To register your interest in applying for a grant, please submit the 'Register for Agriculture Workforce Plan' form located at the bottom of this page, and a case manager will contact you directly.

Worker induction and re-training

Support is available to eligible employers inducting workers into new job roles and/or delivering re-training.

To register your interest in applying for a grant, please submit the 'Register for Agriculture Workforce Plan' form located at the bottom of this page, and a case manager will contact you directly.

Business adaptation

Business adaptation support is designed to assist eligible businesses to meet the costs of adapting workplaces to comply health, safety and social distancing requirements or adapting to required business changes imposed as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Under the program, individual grants between $10,000 and $300,000 will support eligible businesses cover up to 50 per cent of the cost of necessary adaptations to their workplaces.

Adaptations may include changes to transport used to take employees to and from work to ensure physical distancing, alternations to employer-supplied accommodation, or the establishment of additional washrooms and other facilities.

Grants can also be used to purchase machinery or appliances needed to adapt businesses in order to maintain operations during the pandemic.

To register your interest in applying for a grant, please submit the 'Register for Agriculture Workforce Plan' form located at the bottom of this page, and a case manager will contact you directly.

Frequently asked questions

What businesses are eligible?

The Agriculture Workforce Plan provides additional support to agriculture, food processing and critical food supply chain businesses based in regional Victoria.

The types of industries we support are horticulture, dairy, meat, food production, manufacturing, as well as transport and logistics services.

If you are unsure whether your business is eligible for additional support, contact us and a case manager will be in touch. You can do this by submitting the 'Register for Agriculture Workforce Plan' form located at the bottom of this page.

We are interested in working with both individual businesses and labour hire firms.

How do I get support for my business?

If you want further information or are interested in applying for a Worker Relocation and Transport, Worker Induction and Re-Training or Business Adaptation grant, register your details and a case manager will contact you directly.

What support will be available to my business?

This program matches local people to local jobs where possible. In instances where this is not possible, support for transport, accommodation and induction training cost is available for eligible businesses.

To learn more about the support that could be available to your business submitting the 'Register for Agriculture Workforce Plan' form located at the bottom of this page.

Download the factsheet:

Dairy Farm Induction Program

The $50 million Agriculture Workforce Plan seeks to support Victoria’s agricultural industries and provide job-ready workers to meet labour demands.

The Dairy Farm Induction Program, delivered by Dairy Australia, will help to safely, effectively and rapidly onboard new dairy farmhand workers and provide opportunities for jobseekers.

The program will deliver high-quality training in key dairy farm skills, tasks and safety processes to ensure new entrants to the workforce are work-ready.

This will help dairy farm businesses continue to operate effectively during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and into the future.

For more information, or to register interest in the Dairy Farm Induction Program, visit the Dairy Australia website.

Register for Agriculture Workforce Plan

The Agriculture Workforce Plan provides targeted support to agriculture, food processing and critical food supply chain businesses to meet their labour and operational needs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

If you have urgent business needs or would like to talk to someone about targeted support for your business, provide your details and a case manager will contact you directly.

You can also email your details to agricultureworkforceplan@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

Page last updated: 11 Aug 2020