Back to work in agriculture incentive scheme

Now is the perfect time for Queenslanders to explore the job opportunities our regional and rural areas offer. Seasonal workers are in high demand for harvesting at fruit and vegetable farms, and for work at cattle, aquaculture and other livestock enterprises.

We're helping you on your way with payments of up to $1,500 to assist with costs associated with travelling and staying in regional, rural and remote locations. All you need to do is work on a farm (or farms) full-time for 2 weeks to receive the first instalment and another 6 weeks to get the second instalment.

Your employment will need to be with an eligible employer (almost all of the agricultural enterprises in Queensland). The criteria you'll need to meet is outlined in the updated guidelines.

You can apply via the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) application portal.

Your employment can be with different eligible employers, physical locations or farms. This means you can experience picking different fruit and vegetables, or working on cattle stations, while also getting the chance to travel around Queensland.

Important things to remember when applying:

  • You must be a Queensland resident.
  • Your initial payment application (for $500) must be received within 4 weeks of  completing 2 weeks of continuous employment.
  • Your second and final payment application ($1,000) must be received within 4 weeks of completing an additional 6 weeks of employment (a total of 8 weeks).

Applications will close once all funding has been allocated, or before 31 December 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.

The Australian Government is also offering assistance to relocate for seasonal agriculture jobs.