New food alliance supports food security and jobs

Food security and job opportunities across Western Australia’s primary industries are the foundations for a new network of WA’s fishers, farmers and food producers, which recently launched the Food Alliance WA.

A Food Alliance WA spokesperson said the combined resources across the network will ensure a reliable and safe supply of food for all Western Australians.

WAFIC chief executive officer, Alex Ogg, said the State Government’s recent confirmation that food, seafood and agricultural supply chains were classified as an essential service will allow primary industries workers increased flexibility to move interstate through borders and across intrastate boundaries to ensure food security.

“Despite the benefits of this status, broader international travel restrictions will still have an impact on the sourcing of skilled and unskilled labour for the State’s seafood industry and other primary producers.

“WA’s primary industries employ thousands of people in seasonal tasks every year, particularly in horticulture and aquaculture, so the Food Alliance WA network has launched a new website to inform workers on job opportunities and work-based requirements,” Alex said.

The site provides information on job opportunities across the State and how to find work in WA’s food production, farming and fishing sectors – but is not a recruitment site.  The aim is to link job seekers with employers in the primary sectors so that they can make direct contact regarding employment.  The status as essential services will allow those employed in production processing and distribution to move freely across borders under strict health protocols without the necessity to quarantine.

“As many retail jobs close down, there are new opportunities emerging in primary industries, so visit the website to find out how to access these roles for skilled and unskilled workers,” Alex said.

You’ll find more at the Jobs in WA Food and Ag website at