Everything you need to know about hiring backpackers

ARE you hiring backpackers this season? This forum will tell you all you need to know.

Local producers and farmers are invited to connect with industry service providers on Friday, August 11 from 11am - 3pm at the Agriculture Industry Forum and Trade Show, hosted by Southern Downs Regional Council at the International Club, Club Rd, Stanthorpe.

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said the forum is specifically aimed at providing information and assistance for the region's local producers hiring backpackers.

"Representatives from the Fair Work Commission, employment agencies, Growcom, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and Council will present updates onstage and through their trade stalls.

"A range of topics will be covered throughout the event including backpacker engagement, immigration, border protection, fair work practices, workplace health and safety, training, pest management and bio-security, grants assistance and more.

"I'd highly encourage all local producers to come along to this event.

"Council is also inviting agencies and businesses that support or contribute to the agricultural and horticultural industries in any way to come and join us and to have their own trade stall.

"Agriculture drives the regional economy and accounts for more than 22% of the regional outcome.

"Forums like this both strengthen industry networks and provide key opportunities to keep abreast of issues and changes affecting the industry," she said.

Registration and trade stalls for the forum are free, but bookings are essential.

To register to attend the forum or to book a trade stall, contact Council's Economic Development Officer, Jenny Sherrin on Ph: 4681 5527 or email Jenny at

Topics:  backpackers southern downs

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