Thousands of jobs will be on offer to young job seekers in Queensland, NSW and Victoria in a social media campaign – backed by financial incentives – to be launched on Wednesday.

Fruit and vegetable pickers, packers, pruners and planters are in demand across the three states.

At a recent online jobs fair, 26,012 jobs were on offer, but only 2716 job seekers attended.

To back up the Harvest Trail campaign, the federal government is offering short-term agricultural workers up to $6000 if they are Australian or $2000 if they are a visa holder with general work rights.

“I want as many job seekers to consider a seasonal job because we know that our farmers are desperate for more workers,” Employment Minister Michaelia Cash said.

“The pandemic has been devastating particularly for young Australians, which is why the offer of seasonal work is such a great opportunity to earn a wage in a short period of time.”

The three-week social media campaign will target far northern and southern Queensland, as well as NSW and Victoria.

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Job seekers are encouraged to visit the website harvesttrail.gov.au

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