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Dairy sector and RSE news


Statistics New Zealand has engaged with the dairy sector and developed new task descriptions for three dairy roles that sit under the occupation of Dairy Cattle Farmer (121313) in the Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).

The three new sub category roles are:

  • Dairy Farm Manager (Skill Level 1)
  • Assistant Dairy Farm Manager (Skill Level 3)
  • Dairy Herd Manager (Skill Level 3)

The new sub category roles and detailed task descriptions do not appear under ANZSCO version 1.2 on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website but have been made publically available on the Statistics New Zealand website through their Ariā classification management system and can be accessed by entering the 121313 code in the search function which is on the right hand side of the front page and then going to definitions.

The updated task descriptions will be used when undertaking a substantial match assessment and assessing whether an applicant is suitably qualified for these roles under both Essential Skills work visa and the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) resident instructions.


Many Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers were unable to return home at the end of last season due to border restrictions.    

Workers still here who wish to move to an employer not covered by their RSE Limited Visa must apply for a new visa. The Minister of Immigration has waived fees for their visa applications received on 15 May 2021 or earlier. After that date the usual fee may apply.

This measure removes barriers for RSE workers changing employers, allowing industry to use the workforce available in New Zealand.

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