Back to work in agriculture incentive scheme

The pilot scheme will encourage eligible Queenslanders to meet short-term labour shortage demands in agriculture. Employees could be eligible for payments of up to $1,500 to assist with accommodation and transport costs associated with travelling and staying in remote locations.

The scheme will initially target employment opportunities in Wide Bay and Darling Downs.

As an employee, your employment will need to be with an eligible employer. The criteria employees will need to meet is outlined in the guidelines.

You must apply through the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA). You can start your application by creating an account now. The process to complete your application will be available shortly.

Your employment can be with different eligible employers, physical locations or farms in the eligible regions in recognition that workers can work with multiple employers depending on available work.

Timing for employee applications:

  • initial payment applications ($500) must be received within 4 weeks of the employee completing 2 weeks of continuous employment.
  • second and final payment applications ($1,000) must be received within 4 weeks of the employee completing an additional 6 weeks of employment (a total of 8 weeks).

Applications will close once all funding has been allocated, or before 29 January 2021.

The Back to Work in Agriculture Incentive Scheme is a key element of Queensland’s Economic Recovery Strategy: Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs to help accelerate the state’s recovery from COVID-19.