Vietnam has signed a memorandum of understanding to join Australia’s agricultural visa program.
The sponsored visa program will target skilled, semi-skilled and low-skilled employees across a range of agriculture sectors, including horticulture, dairy, wool, grains, fisheries and forestry.
The initial phase will focus on lower skilled occupations before expanding.
It will provide a “sustainable, long-term contribution to Australia’s labour supply”, Foreign Minister Marise Payne says.
“Australia and Vietnam share a strong and optimistic agenda in our relationship,” Senator Payne said.
“We are bound by warm ties of friendship and family that extend across every level of community, government and business. This step reflects what is possible when we work together.”
Negotiations are continuing with a small number of southeast Asian nations as the foreign affairs and trade department says a deal with Indonesia is expected to be finalised shortly.
Australia and Indonesia signed an MoU on agriculture cooperation in January, promising to facilitate “mutually beneficial trade”.