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Queensland Government – Back to work in agriculture incentive scheme is now #pickqld BONUS – open to all!

The Queensland Government introduced the $700,000 Back to Work in Agriculture Incentive Scheme in October 2020 which was available for Queenslanders who relocated to take up a new job in agriculture. This scheme was initially piloted in two regions until 2 December 2020 and then statewide from 3 December 2020. Thanks to industry and harvest workers’ feedback, the Queensland Government made further changes to the scheme and rebranded it the #pickqld bonus.

Now is the perfect time to explore the job opportunities Queensland’s regional and rural areas offer.

We’ve made it easier to help you on your way to a job in agriculture, with payments of up to $1,500 (on top of your wage) to assist with costs such as accommodation, travel, training, and workwear. The $1,500 incentive is paid in two installments:

  • an initial $500 after 10 days work within a consecutive 28-day period (4 weeks)
  • a second and final payment of $1,000 after 30 days of additional work within a consecutive 70-day period (10 weeks).

Your employment can be with different agricultural employers, physical locations and farms. This means you can experience picking and packing different produce, or working on cattle stations, while also getting the chance to travel around Queensland.

Download the Quick guide to the #pickqld bonus (PDF).


Who can apply

To apply for the incentive you must:

  • be 16 years or older with the right to work in Australia
  • have commenced work for an eligible employer on or after 1 June 2021
  • hold an Australian bank account
  • not be employed under the Pacific Labour Scheme or Seasonal Worker Programme
  • have not worked on a farm 4 weeks before starting your current role
  • not be a dependent of the employing business
  • not have already received funds either under the Back to Work in Agriculture Incentive Scheme or #pickqld bonus.

What you need to do

All you need to do is:

  • find a farm job in Queensland with an employer that holds a current WorkCover policy. Ask your employer about this or enter their ABN into this tool to find out (you will be able to find your employer’s ABN on your payslip).
  • read the #pickqld bonus guidelines to make sure you are aware of the rules.
  • have evidence of your identity, employment and days worked (also a copy of your right to work in Australia if you are a visa holder).

Evidence requirements

You’ll need to provide evidence of your identity and right to work in Australia. Acceptable documents may include:

  • Australian driver licence
  • adult proof of age card (e.g. 18+ card)
  • Medicare card
  • birth certificate
  • passport
  • eligible Australian visa must be provided if you are a visa holder.

You’ll also need to provide evidence of your employment and that you’ve met the work requirements, through:

  • a copy of your letter of offer from your employer, which includes the terms of employment
  • copies of your payslips to demonstrate paid employment with eligible employer/s.

The #pickqld bonus guidelines have more information about the rules, how to apply and what you will need to provide as evidence.


How to apply

Apply now via the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) application portal. You will need to register and create a profile before starting an application.

Applications will close once all funding has been allocated, or by 31 December 2021 (whichever comes first).


Need help?

Read our commonly asked questions.

For questions about your application please call QRIDA on 1800 623 946 or complete the online contact us form.

For all other questions about the #pickqld bonus, please contact DAF on 13 25 23 or via email.

The #pickqld bonus supports Queensland’s Economic Recovery Strategy: Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs to accelerate the state’s recovery from COVID-19.


AgMove is an Australian Government initiative that helps with costs for eligible people who relocate to take up short-term agricultural work, including harvest work in Australia.

From 1 November 2020 to 31 December 2021, you may be eligible for financial help to cover the costs of travel and accommodation when you move to take up a short term agricultural or harvest job opportunity.

Eligibility for AgMove

If you have general inquiries about AgMove, call the National Customer Service Line on
1800 805 260.

If you are relocating for a harvest job in Queensland your Harvest Trail Services (HTS) provider will check your eligibility for relocation assistance and discuss the amount of relocation assistance that may be available to you.

To be eligible for AgMove you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • have a right to work in Australia (including Working Holiday Makers and international students)
  • be at least 18 years of age, or if you are relocating to take up a job after 5 May 2021 and have graduated from Year 12, 17-years of age
  • relocate within Australia to a regional, remote, or Harvest Area that is at least 90 minutes from your current place of residence
  • take up a short-term agricultural work including harvest work that is confirmed by a Harvest Trail Services provider or the Harvest Trail Information Service.

How much money can I receive through AgMove?

If you have relocated and started an agricultural job, including harvest work between
1 November 2020 and 4 May 2021, you must complete at least 120 hours of work in at least 6 weeks to be eligible for reimbursement of up to:

  • $6,000 if you are an Australian worker, or
  • $2,000 if you are a visa holder with a general right to work in Australia.

If you relocate to commence agricultural work, including harvest work between 5 May
and 31 December 2021
, you must complete at least 40 hours of work in at least two weeks to be eligible for reimbursement of up to:

  • $2,000 if you are an Australian worker, or
  • $650 if you are a visa holder with a general right to work in Australia.

If you continue to work and complete a total of at least 120 hours of work in at least four weeks, you could be reimbursed up to a total of:

  • $6,000 if you are an Australian worker, or
  • $2,000 if you are a visa holder with a general right to work in Australia.

For more information about AgMove see:

  • AgMove Fact sheet (PDF 220 KB) for details on how to access relocation assistance, who to contact and what costs could be reimbursed
  • AgMove Claim Checklist to see what costs you can and can’t claim

How can I access AgMove relocation assistance?

Download the AgMove Eligibility Checklist to see if you’re eligible and follow the Process to apply for AgMove.

If you have any questions about AgMove you can contact the National Customer Service Line on 1800 805 260, the Harvest Trail Information Service on 1800 062 332 or a Harvest Trail Services provider.

You can check the contact details of Harvest Trail Services providers and contact the provider in the region you are planning to move to for short-term agricultural work.

Please be aware that you will need to sign an AgMove Agreement.

Your Harvest Trail Services provider or the Harvest Trail Information Service can advise you how to complete this Agreement.