Agricultural and Horticultural Industry

The Agricultural and Horticultural Sector involve the growing of crops and resources and the rearing of animals. The Agriculture and Horticulture industries in Australia rely heavily on international workers and working holiday makers. Due to COVID-19 and international border closures, the Agricultural and Horticultural sectors experienced a significant reduction in skilled workers and manual labour. The reopening of Australia’s borders has allowed these industries to restart. If you are interested in travelling to Australia as a working holiday maker or if you have skills in the Agricultural or Horticultural sectors, VisaEnvoy can assist you in determining the best visa pathway.

Skilled Migration

Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)

The Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List indicates the relevant occupations that are in high demand in Australia to fill labour shortages in various sectors due to the impacts of COVID-19. The following occupation related to Agriculture and Horticulture are on this list:

Employer sponsored nominations and visa applications with an occupation on the PMSOL will be given priority processing.

Occupations in the Agriculture and Horticulture Industry

There are several types of occupations that are valuable to the Aged Care industry. For further information regarding the skills and qualifications of agricultural and horticultural-related occupations see below:

Additional information regarding Employer Sponsored Visas can be found here.

Short Term Skilled Occupation List – PR Pathways

The following occupations in the Health Sector are on the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL):

For information regarding the available pathways to permanent residency in Australia for occupations on the STSOL, see our page here.

Visa Options for the Agricultural and Horticultural Sector

The Agricultural and Horticultural sector involve farming and cultivation practices of crops and animals. These industries in Australia are commonplace for working holiday makers and temporary workers. To utilise your skills in agriculture and horticulture, the following visa options are available:

Agriculture Visa (Subclass 403)

The Agriculture Visa was introduced in September 2021 to restart skilled worker migration for the agricultural and horticultural sector. This visa allows approved employers eligible to sponsor to hire workers through the Australian Agriculture Worker Program.

Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417)

The Working Holiday Visa permits the following applicants to have an extended holiday for up to 12 months in Australia and support themselves financially with short-term work.

  • Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30 (inclusive)
  • Applicants with Canadian, French or Irish citizenship must be between the ages of 18 and 35 (inclusive)
Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462)

The Work and Holiday Visa allows eligible tourists between the age of 18 and 30 to remain in Australia for an extended holiday and participate in short-term work. This visa is valid for 12 months.

Book an appointment today for a commitment free briefing with our Registered Migration Agents to find more about your visa options.