Labor Provides More Support For Dairy Farmers

The Andrews Labor Government is providing more support to Victoria’s dairy farmers, extending the Back to Work scheme to make members of a dairy farm household an eligible category of employee.

Employers will receive up to $5000 when they hire someone from a farm household affected by the dairy crisis.

The Back to Work Scheme is an important part of the Andrew Labor Government’s plan to create jobs and boost economic growth in Victoria.

Over 4000 people across Victoria have been beneficiaries of the Scheme, with a significant flow on impact to their families, their self-esteem, and to the contribution they are now making to society.

Late last year, we amended the Scheme to support drought affected farm households.

And that same support will now be extended to dairy farmers.

Employers will receive up to $5000 when they hire someone from a farm household affected by the dairy crisis.

Victoria’s dairy farmers account for 85% of Australia’s dairy product exports and approximately 5% of the global dairy trade.

Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas

“Extending the Back to Work Scheme – which has helped employ more than 4000 people across Victoria – to dairy farm households, gives dairy farmers additional support during this difficult time.”

“The Andrews Labor Government will always stand behind our rural communities and we won’t let any farmer or community member go it alone.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford

“We’re standing with our dairy farming community who are doing it tough and putting farmers first – delivering the support they need now and in the future.”