COVID-19: What the changes mean for workers

Our COVID-19 page has the details on what this means for workers.

Help Harvest NSW

NSW Department of Primary Industries has established a COVID-19 Primary Industries Liaison Team to help primary producers navigate the challenges and impacts of COVID-19 on their business and industry.

 Help Harvest NSW is a web portal designed to connect displaced employees and seasonal workers with producers and growers around the state who have seasonal work available.

NSW farmers and producers have faced many challenges in recent times, including drought, flood and bushfires, and are now facing a critical staff shortage due to COVID-19 border restrictions.

Help Harvest NSW is a joint government initiative aimed at linking an available labour force with farm producers and agribusinesses across the state during the critical harvest season to address both the labour shortage, and to facilitate economic recovery in the wake of COVID-19.

DPI Covid-19 Concierge

NSW DPI recognises that this is a difficult time for our communities and industries, and the DPI COVID-19 Concierge response remains in place to continue to respond to the needs of primary producers and can be contacted directly at 

The DPI COVID-19 web portal will be updated as information becomes available and we will continue to provide you with updates as they are received.

The Australian Cherry industry offers an assortment of job opportunities and employment.

Pickers, horticulturalists, biosecurity analysts, packers, agronomists and marketers are just some of the diverse career paths involved in the production and promotion of premium Australian Cherries.

The seasonality of the cherry growing calendar demands more hands at harvest time but less resources in the planning, planting and management phases.

Harvest labour

Employment is at its peak between October and February to manage harvest across six Australian states with a range of casual, interstate and international workers employed during this period.

For information about regional employment opportunities, avenues and promotion please contact your State Association.

Linx Employment Tasmania: Linx is a Tasmanian owned company committed to bringing together reliable workers with employers at peak periods during the year.

Workforce XS: Supply employers with contract and labour hire staff across a variety of job roles and industries.

VMAC Employment Solutions:


Professional labour

The Australian Cherry industry is also focused on improving the technical and scientific information and resources available to its members.

If you have technical expertise or are seeking professional advice on matters such as cherry breeding, pruning, quality improvement, pest and disease management, biosecurity and/or exporting channels please contact CGA.


Struggling to find enough hands at harvest time? Need more enthusiastic workers to help pick, cart, wash and pack?

Harvest Trail is a federal initiative to match harvest job seekers with fruit producers and orchardists in a measure to help overcome labour shortages during peak workloads.

This national service provides information on harvest job types and industries, localities and regions, working conditions, transport and accommodation.

Harvest Trail answers queries from job seekers and connects them with registered and listed fruit growers and orchardists.

It is a great way for fruit producers to find employees required for the volume of work generated at harvest time.

Register your fruit growing business and let Harvest Trail do the searching for you.

 Harvest trail information service logo

Harvest Trail Information Service: Harvest Trail links job seekers with harvest jobs Australia wide. It’s a great way for people to travel around Australia at their own pace while working and earning money.

T: 1800 062 332

Pacific Labour Scheme and the Seasonal Worker Programme

This document provides a quick comparison between the Pacific Labour Scheme and the Seasonal Worker Programme. The full details of each initiative are available at:
PLS: and SWP: