Economic recovery—support for Queensland producers announced

The agribusiness and food sector will play a vital role in Queensland’s economic recovery from COVID-19.

The funding package will support regional development, jobs in rural communities, health and wellbeing, and the environment–the agribusiness and food sector is vital to Queensland’s economic recovery from COVID-19.

The latest initiative to be announced is:

  • Enhancing local government biosecurity capacity: $450,000 – to embed effective, long-lasting regional biosecurity partnerships with local governments that significantly boost pest and invasive plant management capability across Queensland, with an initial focus on Far North Queensland.
  • Agricultural seasonal labour: More than $1.1 million ($750,000 new funding) to identify Queensland agricultural seasonal workforce needs and immediately implement local solutions that connect agribusinesses with relevant and appropriate workforce solutions. This initiative includes:

    • Back to Work in Agriculture incentive scheme
      A pilot scheme to encourage eligible Queenslanders to meet short-term labour shortage demands in agriculture, which includes payments of up to $1500 to assist with accommodation and transport costs associated with travelling and staying in remote locations. Phase one focuses on the Wide Bay and Darling Downs.
    • #pickqld campaign
      A targeted campaign to connect seasonal workers, displaced Queensland workers and working holiday makers, to employment opportunities in key agriculture regions where demand for workers are high.
    • Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network support
      Building on the established Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) to deliver local solutions to workforce issues, in collaboration with industry groups and local governments, to encourage, place and keep Queenslanders in agricultural work.

The initiatives funded under the Economic recovery: strengthening Queensland’s agribusiness and food sector are:

  • Digital transformation in agribusiness: $5.5 million—to develop integrated supply chains that improve traceability, biosecurity and food safety.
  • Reinvigorated agricultural trade relationships: $5 million—to support e-commerce and virtual trade facilitation in key markets, and assist coordination of demand for additional regular air-freight services.
  • Agribusiness diversification assistance: $2 million—to build capability and explore potential diversification opportunities in agricultural businesses, including for tourism.
  • Additional round of the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative: $5 million—to support construction of cluster fencing.

We continue to work with industry, through the agriculture coordination group, to progress these initiatives and develop industry-led solutions. Subscribe to Agriculture News for updates.