Temp visa plan for 'labour drought'


3 April , 2008

The National Farmers Federation today launched a 42-point action plan to try and fill what it calls the chronic labour shortage in agriculture.

The NFF says that if the drought breaks across the country, the sector will need 100,000 employees.

The organisation is calling for changes to the 457 visa legislation, and the creation of a seasonal visa programme targeting Pacific Islanders.

The government says it's assessing a temporary visa programme being tried out in New Zealand to see if it could work here.