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We have written to the Minister for Home Affairs requesting special consideration for Working Holiday Maker visa holders (subclass 462 and 417) wishing to volunteer on Certified Organic and Biodynamic Farms to accrue those days towards their second- and third-year eligibility criteria

Since 2015, when the eligibility criteria were changed relating to voluntary labour exchange programs counting towards the second-year visa, the industry has struggled to fill a void in labour from this source. Now, with the COVID19 pandemic, the labour situation is deemed critical in many sectors of our industry.

Letter to Minister for Home Affairs