Australia today signed the first bilateral Memorandum of Understanding under the Australian Agricultural Visa Program with Vietnam.
Vietnam’s participation in this program strengthens and expands the already rich people-to-people ties that our two countries share. For decades, Vietnamese workers, students, business people and tourists have made significant contributions to Australia. The Australian government hopes this will continue under the scheme.
Vietnam’s early participation in Australia‘s agriculture visa program demonstrates the Morrison government’s commitment to deepening cooperation under the Australia-Vietnam strategic partnership. This is a key initiative of the Australia-Vietnam Enhanced Economic Engagement Strategy launched by our countries’ Prime Ministers on November 1, 2021. This followed my visit to Vietnam in November 2021.
I thank the Government of Vietnam, Minister of Labor HE Dao Ngoc Dung and Ambassador Nguyen Tat Thanh.
Australia and Vietnam share a strong and optimistic agenda in our relationship. We are bound by warm ties of friendship and family that extend through all levels of community, government and business. This step reflects what is possible when we work together.
The Australian Agriculture Visa program aims to provide a sustainable, long-term contribution to the Australian labor supply that supports Australia’s agricultural and primary sectors. It complements the Pacific Australia Labor Mobility (PALM) scheme, which remains the mainstay for addressing agricultural labor shortages in our primary industries sector and the key solution for the current harvest.
Under the Australian Agriculture Visa scheme, employees will be recruited to work in a variety of agricultural sectors including horticulture, dairy, wool, grain, fisheries and forestry including support services and processing primary.
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