SUNRAYSIA farmers have been given some certainty around the costs of quarantine for foreign seasonal workers.
Member for Mildura Ali Cupper said the government’s announcement farmers would need to pay $2000 per worker for quarantine requirements in Tasmania seemed in line with what was happening in other states.
“I tentatively support the proposed costs for farmers however will reserve full judgment until I’ve been able to engage more of our local stakeholders,” Ms Cupper said.
“I urged the Victorian Government to keep the quarantine costs for farmers to access the initial 1500 Pacific Islander workers as low as possible and $2000 per worker has the support from certain sections of the industry.
“The quarantine cost in the Northern Territory is $2500 per worker and New South Wales is $3000 per worker, so it is encouraging to see the costs lower for our farmers.
“Growers now have the certainty of knowing the costs they will need to absorb to access those workers, which is what they have been asking for.”
Ms Cupper said it was crucial both the Victorian and Federal Governments did everything in their power to get the workers on-farm as soon as possible.
“Our farmers are desperate to get workers on the ground to minimise any losses through a lack of access to the required labour force,” she said.