Assistance for Employers to Secure Your Workforce

Many businesses have relied on a regular pattern of seasonal workers and a stable, permanent workforce for many seasons. COVID-19 has impacted worker availability and supply chains. Growcom is committed to connecting farm businesses with appropriately skilled and trained workers.


In April, Growcom announced a new campaign that will encourage young Australians to gap year in Queensland.

We have partnered with Australia’s largest digital platform for school leavers, Year13 on a campaign that will encourage young Australians to consider horticultural work as a gap year option.

The gap year campaign will promote opportunities in agriculture to the school leaver cohort, focusing on the adventure and personal development to be experienced by working in one of Australia’s most important industries.

This campaign is an investment towards developing new and sustainable workforce models for the industry, reducing the reliance on backpacker labour. Delivery of the project will be focused in Southern Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Moreton, and Far North Queensland areas.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from growers to become a Gap Year Employer of Choice. If you are interested, please contact Blair Brown on 0456 639 098 or email

View the Gap Year website:



The Queensland Government’s Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) has officers across the state providing free advice on workforce services and initiatives to all agribusinesses, regardless of commodity or organisation membership.

If you are a Queensland agriculture employer and require additional advice on these services, you can visit the QAWN website to find a local officer or for more information.


Queensland agriculture coordination officers are available to provide information and support to producers, the agriculture industry and local governments to manage coronavirus (COVID-19).

To contact an agriculture coordination officer, email or phone our customer service centre on 13 25 23.