NSW will now offer one of the cheapest and secure quarantine options for overseas agriculture workers outside of Tasmania.
The NSW government today announced it would subsidise half the quarantine costs for overseas agricultural workers as labour shortages in the sector remained at critical levels.
Overseas agricultural workers entering the country under the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) and or Seasonal Worker Program (SWP) will be eligible for a 50 per cent subsidy of the cost of mandatory quarantine.
It will reduce the cost to industry from $3000 per person to $1500 for 2020-21.
With costs halved, it is expected the industry could start bringing in workers to offset the shortage of 5000 workers in horticulture and 10,000 in the meat…