CANBERRA, AAP – Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack has promised to deliver a new agriculture visa within three months.
The need for a new visa is even more acute after the Australian government agreed to scrap a requirement for British backpackers to pick fruit before extending their working holidays.
Mr McCormack promised the subsequent labour shortage would filled by a dedicated agriculture visa made available to the United Kingdom and 10 countries across South East Asia.
The Nationals leader has committed to delivering the new visa by the end of September.
“That could involve any number of people,” Mr McCormack told Nine on Wednesday.
“Those deals will be worked through and put in place.”
Mr McCormack said Agriculture Minister David Littleproud was working through the final details of the new visa to ensure that farmers crying out for more help have enough access to seasonal workers.