25 March 2008

Farmers could look to Australian immigration to solve worker drought

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Farmers in rural Australia are finding it hard to recruit staff despite the farming industry enjoying better times following a drought. Farmers lost thousands of employees during the drought in 2002-03 but are now unable to find enough people to replace them now the problems are easing. An increase in Australian immigration could be a solution to this problem.

The National Farmers Federation (NFF) in Australia has said that the problem of a lack of staff is hurting production in farms as well as cutting the economic growth of Australia. The NFF provides a voice for farmers in the country. Denita Wawn, the NFF's general manager of workplace relations, said: "We are continually losing people to other industries, including mining where they have significantly higher wages." The NFF is also calling for a change in the amount of red tape which is there for people looking to take advantage of Australian immigration.

Australia needs skilled workers: Anyone applying for an Australian visa should begin by completing the Australian Visa Bureau's online Australian visa application to see if they meet the Australian visa requirements.

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