NEW EXEMPTIONS WILL ALLOW AGRICULTURAL WORKERS FROM VICTORIA TO CROSS THE BORDER TO WORK ON NSW FARMS.

THE OCCUPATIONS INCLUDE:

* Dairy: technicians, dairy consultants, artificial insemination specialists.

* Horticultural: technicians, machinery operators and mechanics, harvesters, pruners, consultants for agronomy, plant health, harvest management, pest and disease.

* Wool: testing technicians, shearers.

* Specialist consultants: agronomists, nutritionists, veterinary, seed and crop researchers. Agribusiness specialists for where internet or video conference facilities cannot be accessed.

* Crop: harvesters, hay and silage contractors, rice sowing contractors, crop spray/fertiliser contractors.

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* Forestry: workers and technicians.

* Intensive livestock: piggery/poultry (egg and broiler) technicians, processing workers, stockfeed mill operators.

* Specialist contractors/equipment: irrigation specialists, fencing contractors.

* Specialist agricultural service providers: market access inspectors, saleyard operators and agents, livestock carriers.

* Commercial fishing: crew and operators, Aquaculture operators/technicians.

* Beekeepers: commercial operators.

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* Commercial Wine Production: technicians, specialists involved in the production, harvest, testing and management of vintage.

* Biosecurity Officers: pest trap inspectors, pest and weed controllers.

* Cross-border rural property landowners: leaseholders, agistment holders or their agents directly involved in or responsible for land management, livestock husbandry, agronomy pest and disease control and production management.

* Bushfire recovery workers.

AAP

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