Incentive for seasonal work

From 1 July 2017 job seekers can earn up to $5,000 from horticultural seasonal work before their payment is affected.

The government announced the Seasonal Work Incentive trial on 19 December 2016.

To be eligible you must:

  • do eligible seasonal work
  • work for a farmer, or a contractor or labour hire company where their main business is to supply labour for harvest
  • get Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance for at least 3 continuous months before you apply, and
  • register for the trial through your employment service provider

You can only earn up to $5,000 in a 12 month period from this type of work before your payment is affected. If you earn more, or if you earn money from other types of work, the usual income tests will apply to your payment.

You may also be able to get up to $300 for travel and other costs each year. This is if you need to travel more than 120 km to do this work.

We’ll tell you more about the trial closer to 1 July 2017. 

This trial will run for 2 years.

Next steps

Read more about the Seasonal Work Incentive trial on the Department of Employment website.

Page last updated: 21 December 2016