According to latest reports, Australian growers and packers are extremely worried about hiring Pacific Islander seasonal workers. This is mainly done to help fill the labour shortage that has occurred due to the global pandemic. However, the law has now specified that these growers need to be placed in quarantine, adding to the costs of farm owners.
Just yesterday, the Australian government successfully announced a quarantine facility dedicated to the global pandemic. This facility is said to begin its services in the state’s Riverland region. It can easily house up to 1,200 season workers from the Pacific Islands over the upcoming three months.
Those employers who are approved must contribute $2,500 per worker to bear the costs of the quarantine facility. David Basham, minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, has updated that the workers were scheduled to arrive early next month. Moreover, along with the employers, the Marshall Government and industry will also work to fund this facility.