Wednesday, July 24, 2024

QAWN officers ready to reap what they sow this harvest season

Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) officers across the State stand ready to help connect primary producers with workers during a busy winter harvest season, Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities, Mark Furner said today.

The Minister said the Government had invested more than $4 million in rural jobs initiatives and programs to ensure primary producers can access the workers they need, when they need them.

He said QAWN officers can help producers properly plan workforce recruitment and training to meet seasonal demands.

“The Palaszczuk Government stood by our farmers by protecting our agriculture sector through the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are standing by them now.”

“We announced the extension of these programs because we know how important it is for primary producers to create certainty around their labour needs.

“Since 2015 the Palaszczuk Government has invested heavily in creating jobs in rural and regional Queensland, and these workforce initiatives are connecting workers with thousands of good jobs across the state.

“We have partnered closely with industry to make sure these programs are fit for purpose and delivered in a timely fashion.

“With the right workforce in place I hope our farmers will enjoy another bumper season,” said Mr Furner.

The network, funded by Government and delivered by industry, is designed to help agribusinesses of all sizes attract, train, and retain workers, he said.

Since 2016 the Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network and the Rural Jobs and Skills Alliance (RSJA) have assisted agribusinesses on more than 23,000 occasions, leading to more than 12,000 good jobs supported and 8,000 training and education outcomes.

The RJSA is coordinated by the Queensland Farmers’ Federation and brings together multiple peak bodies including AgForce, CANEGROWERS, Growcom, Nursery, Garden Industry Queensland and Cotton Australia, to provide timely advice on current and emerging agricultural workforce needs.

QAWN officers are funded by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, hosted by industry/economic bodies located throughout the State, and deliver a free service to agribusinesses with operations in Queensland, regardless of commodity or organisation membership.

QAWN officers are hosted by FNQ Growers, Bowen Gumlu Growers Association, CANEGROWERS Mackay, CHRRUP, Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers and Growcom.

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