Business Support Officer - Economic Development Department - Gunnedah Shire Council
Harvest Trail – AgMove Relocation Assistance Program

Travel Australia, earn an income, and receive financial assistance of up to $6,000 when you
move to take up a job on the harvest trail!

Whether you’re a job seeker, school leaver or working holiday maker, you could find yourself fruit
picking from a beautiful orchid, pruning vines for next year’s wine harvest or packing vegetables
ready for the market. There is a huge variety of jobs available, ranging in length from weeks to
months with no prior farm experience necessary.

If you’re thinking a stint in harvest work could be for you, there is financial support available
through the Australian Government’s AgMove initiative to reimburse the cost of travel,
accommodation and work-related expenses associated with moving for short term agricultural work.

Tell me about AgMove

Under an AgMove Agreement, harvest workers only need to complete 40 hours of agricultural work
(including harvest work) over at least a two-week period to be able to claim reimbursement of some
initial expenses including travel and accommodation, up to $2,000 for Australians and $650 for
eligible visa holders.

The reimbursement entitlement jumps to $6,000 for eligible Australian workers and $2,000 for
eligible visa holders if they complete at least 120 hours of work in a minimum four-week
period.

To be eligible for AgMove you must:
• be an Australian citizen or permanent resident; or
• have a right to work in Australia that is not limited by an employer or a type of work (like Working Holiday Makers and international students)
• be at least 18 years of age, or if you are relocating to take up a job after 5 May 2021 and have graduated from Year 12, 17-years of age
• relocate to take up a short term agricultural work, including harvest work, that is confirmed by a Harvest Trail Services (HTS) or the Harvest Trail Information Service (HTIS) provider
• enter into AgMove Agreement with a HTS or HTIS provider.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve across the country, interstate relocation depends on the current border and travel restrictions of the states in question. It is important those considering relocation to take up harvest work keep up to date with the current border and travel restrictions.
To find out more visit Harvest Trail Services and join the thousands of Australians who are already benefiting from the AgMove initiative! This is a fantastic opportunity to earn while you explore some of Australia’s most remote and stunning locations.
For more information you can also call the Harvest Trail Information Service (HTIS) Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm on 1800 062 332.

Business Support Officer - Economic Development Department - Gunnedah Shire Council
New support payments for Small to Medium size Business hit hard by Omicron

The NSW Government will cover up to 20 per cent of a small or medium business’s weekly payroll as part of a new package of measures to help those who have suffered a large cut to turnover during the Omicron wave.

The Small Business Support Program helps those businesses with annual turnover of between $75,000 and $50 million with a decline in turnover of at least 40 per cent.

The minimum payment will be $500 per week and the maximum $5,000 per week.

Applications are expected to open in mid February.

In addition, the existing Small Business Fees, Charges Rebate will be increased by 50% from the current $2,000 limit to $3,000 and employing businesses will be able to use the rebate to obtain Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs). This measure is designed to support worker availability by helping reduce costs to small businesses and enabling healthy staff who have been exposed to COVID-19, but test negative, to return to work.

Rebates are expected to be available from late March.