Seasonal Work Incentives Trial

 What is the Seasonal Work Incentives for Job Seekers Trial (the Trial)

The Australian Government is introducing the Seasonal Work Incentives Trial on 1 July 2017 to help meet the seasonal labour demands of horticultural growers.

The two-year Trial aims to encourage job seekers to take up short-term work placements of six weeks by providing them with an opportunity to earn additional income, without affecting their income support payment.

Job seekers can also receive a travel and living away allowance if the work is located more than 120 km from their home.

How can I participate in the Trial?

The Trial will be managed from 1 July 2017 by jobactive, Transition to Work and Disability Employment Services providers. Providers will receive a weekly incentive payment for up to six weeks for placing an eligible job seeker into seasonal horticultural work.  They will work closely with you to ensure that they are matching the right workers to your jobs.

If you want to participate in the Trial you should contact a provider to discuss your labour needs. Providers are located across Australia, and their contact details are available at (search by provider type and location).

Where can I find more information?

The Department of Employment is conducting morning and afternoon tea information sessions during May and June for horticultural growers and employment service providers across Australia.  These sessions will provide further information on the Trial as well as a great opportunity for growers to network with employment service providers to discuss their labour needs.

The sessions are expected to run for around 1.5 hours.

A full schedule is attached here, and if you would like to register your interest you can do so by responding to the Department of Employment via the mailbox.

Elections 2017

 Wage Schedules

New wage schedules are available to financial members of Primary Employers Tasmania in the Member’s Only area and are posted . These new wage rates are operative from the first full pay on or after the 1st July each year. A copy of the wages are posted to members prior to the 1st July. If you have not received your schedules please download a copy from the Members only area or call the office on 03 6343 2244. (Please do not email).

Skills Fund Training Schedule

We will advise members when spaces are available for late 2017/18 as soon as we are notified.

Shearer Wool Handler Training in Tasmania

Primary Employers Tasmania (PET) facilitates Shearer Wool Handler Training throughout Tasmania.

For further details, please contact our Trainer, Jack Monks on mobile: 0400 035 980 or email:

Backpacker Tax

The Federal Government recently announced a reduction in the Backpacker Tax following PET’s delegation to Canberra. The announcement is in the attached Media Release 160927 Farmers breathe sigh of relief at backpacker tax decision

PET-lead delegation to Canberra re: Backpacker Tax

Primary Employers Tasmania (PET) lead a delegation to Canberra on Thursday 15th September 2016 to speak with several Ministers with regards to the Backpacker Tax. PET with the support of its Members and politicians brought this issue to the forefront to lobby the Liberal Government to axe the Backpacker Tax immediately.

PET’s President, Glynn Williams spoke on behalf of Members who could not travel to Canberra, along with members of PET who could attend to put their case forward.