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CITRUS INDUSTRY WELCOMES NEW VISA

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Following free trade talks between the UK & Australia this week Citrus Australia has called for certainty’s over harvest labour.

As a part of the trade deal British working holiday maker visa holders won't need to work in regional Australia for 88 days as has been the case for some time.

While the federal government were quick to announce a new 'ag visa' Citrus Australia CEO Nathan Handcock said the Government must implement the agriculture visa this year to ensure growers are no worse off under changes made under the UK Free Trade Agreement.

Pre covid, many backpackers from the UK had worked in the Riverland's vital citrus industry.

Recently major gaps in seasonal labour had been highlighted with the recommencement of the pacific labour scheme the solution at considerable cost.

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