The WA State Government has launched a new campaign; Work and Wander out Yonder (WWOY), to inspire young Western Australians to embrace the opportunity to have a working holiday in regional WA.
The border and travel restrictions in place for COVID-19 have placed additional challenges on the agricultural, tourism and hospitality sectors in our regions that traditionally rely on interstate and international backpackers to fill short and long term jobs. The WWOY campaign is focused towards 18—30 year olds, encouraging them to take action now and seize the opportunity to travel and work around WA.
The State Government has partnered with recruitment services Seek and Studium to match employers and jobseekers through the campaign website.
- Jobseekers can register their details, for free, to connect with employers.
- Employers in regional areas are encouraged to advertise on the available platforms, to connect with jobseekers.
Financial support for jobseekers to relocate
To support this initiative, a regional worker subsidy is available to provide accommodation and travel support for people moving to the regions for agricultural work. Eligible workers will be able to claim up to $40 a night in accommodation rebates for up to 12 weeks – up to a maximum total rebate of $3360.
A travel allowance will be also made available to those relocating more than 100 kilometres from their usual place of residence. Workers will be able to claim:
- $150 for travel to the Peel, South West, Great Southern, Wheatbelt, Mid West or Goldfields-Esperance regions;
- $350 for travel to the Gascoyne or Pilbara; and
- $500 for travel to the Kimberley.
The rebate scheme will come into effect on 21 September . More information about submitting a claim can be found at dpird.wa.gov.au/regional-workers-scheme.