What is the Seasonal Worker Programme?
The Seasonal Worker Programme is an initiative of the Australian Government to provide employers with reliable returning workers from Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste to meet unmet labour demands. The Programme assists employers from horticulture, accommodation, aquaculture, cotton, cane and broader agriculture industries with reliable workers for up to 9 months. The experienced workers can then return for further seasons. Under the Seasonal Worker Programme workers may be recruited from the following countries, Timor Leste, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Fiji.
Food Industry People complete all requirements recruiting the SWP workers :
Conducting labour market testing
Recruiting seasonal workers, ready to start work at a pre-determined date
Covering upfront costs including the workers travel and visas
Sourcing suitable accommodation for the duration of the workers stay in Australia
Arranging transportation to the workplace
Paying workers the award rate
Managing superannuation, tax and workcover obligations
Conducting an on-arrival briefing for the workers, including 24/7 phone contact
Assisting to manage workers performance and behavioural or personal issues should they arise
Undertaking a post-season review and commence arrangements for workers to return next season