Here For WA Campaign Connects Job Seekers With Opportunities

Here For WA Campaign Connects Job Seekers With Opportunities

Western Australia Minister for Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan

Initiatives To Supply Agricultural Labour

Victor P Taffa

  • New ‘Here for WA’ campaign to connect job seekers with opportunities across regional Western Australia (WA)
  • McGowan Government and industry leaders working together to support agriculture, fisheries and food jobs
  • New program to help track agriculture labour needs and match skilled workers with vacancies

McGowan Government and FoodAllianceWA have today launched a dedicated program to support jobs and fill labour shortages in the agriculture and food industry across Western Australia in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“COVID-19 crisis has absolutely reinforced the importance of agriculture and we are working closely with WA industry leaders to keep our supply chains open and businesses operating.” Minister for Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan said.

“We know primary producers are concerned about labour shortages the new FoodAllianceWA website will help fill these gaps by connecting businesses with workers who have been displaced from other industries such as hospitality.”

FoodAllianceWA’s ‘Here for WA’ campaign will help connect job seekers with opportunities across the agriculture, fisheries and food sectors, and build confidence in the State’s food security.

Rapidly-changing COVID-19 crisis and restrictions on the movement of people is having a significant impact on the agricultural labour force.

FoodAllianceWA is a network of agrifood industry associations, including the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, who have come together to assist the State Government address labour shortage issues across the sector.

McGowan Government has supported a range of workforce initiatives including a new website to connect workers with potential regional employers, an online searchable employment database for skilled workers under 30, and additional resources directed into industry-based career programs.

Western Australia agriculture and food businesses have been provided with 12 months free access to the online database, providing employers with access to more than 7,500 skilled tertiary students and workers under the age of 30.