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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.

Queensland Government – Back to work in agriculture incentive scheme

Now is the perfect time for Queenslanders to explore the job opportunities our regional and rural areas offer. Seasonal workers are in high demand for harvesting at fruit and vegetable farms, and for work at cattle, aquaculture and other livestock enterprises.

We’re helping you on your way with payments of up to $1,500 to assist with costs associated with travelling and staying in regional, rural and remote locations. All you need to do is work on a farm (or farms) full-time for 2 weeks to receive the first installment and another 6 weeks to get the second installment.

Your employment will need to be with an eligible employer (almost all of the agricultural enterprises in Queensland). The criteria you’ll need to meet is outlined in the updated guidelines.

You can apply via the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) application portal.

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

Important things to remember when applying:

  • You must be a Queensland resident.
  • Your initial payment application (for $500) must be received within 4 weeks of completing 2 weeks of continuous employment.
  • Your second and final payment application ($1,000) must be received within 4 weeks of completing an additional 6 weeks of employment (a total of 8 weeks).

Applications will close once all funding has been allocated, or before 30 June 2021.

The Back to Work in Agriculture Incentive Scheme is a key element of Queensland’s Economic Recovery Strategy: Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs to help accelerate the state’s recovery from COVID-19.