The Missing Link to Easing Farm Worker Shortage

Posted: 17th Feb

An online jobs portal is playing its part to ease the farm labour shortage in the Central Queensland Highlands.

The Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC) is urging producers to post their job vacancies on cqjoblink.com.au to cater for an expected triggered by a campaign to attract workers to agriculture.

“Many local farmers have really struggled to find workers since the start of the COVID pandemic, and with cotton picking in full swing and lemon picking about to begin, the struggle continues," CHDC Agribusiness Community Officer Cassie Turner says.

“This portal will go some way towards easing the problem. It’s free, it’s easy to use and your listing will reach a large audience across the State.”

Pick QLD, an initiative of the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, is directing job seekers to local job portals, including CQ Job.

“While we know there are many vacancies in the local ag sector, only a small number of farmers have been posting them on CQ Job Link so this certainly needs to change,” Ms Turner says.

“If job seekers see there’s plenty of work here, they’re more likely to find the right match and hopefully spread the word to others looking for work.”

With no sign of international travel restrictions easing, CHDC is also working with other agencies on an upcoming campaign to attract more farm workers to the region.

“Agriculture is estimated to be worth more than a billion dollars a year to our regional economy so it’s incredibly important to help the industry to keep functioning as smoothly as possible,” Ms Turner says.

“We’re confident there’s a large workforce out there, especially with JobKeeper and JobSeeker drawing to a close, so it’s a matter of getting those people to come here.”

To advertise your vacancy, go to cqjoblink.com.au, register your business, and upload your job information.

CQ Job Link is a one-stop-shop employment portal for the Central Queensland Highlands and Isaac regions. It attracts nearly 300 job listings per month and is an initiative of CHDC and Isaac Regional Council.

Find out more about Pick QLD at qld.gov.au/pickqld. The campaign aims to attract and retain seasonal workers across Queensland’s agriculture sector by promoting job opportunities and financial incentives, and by being a central information point for job vacancies, local visitor attractions and accommodation, health and travel advice, and more.

CREDIT: Craig Robinson