Labour-hire visas welcomed

THE extension of working holiday visas by another year is a “stop gap measure”, according to Australian Table Grape Association chief executive Jeff Scott.

Mr Scott’s comments follow the Federal Government’s announcement backpackers will be able to remain in Australia for longer and live in a wider range of regions in a bid to address farm labour shortages in regional Australia.

Under the new scheme, the age of visa applicants will be lifted to 35 for some countries and backpackers can stay with the same employer for a year, rather than the current cap of six months.

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