Frequently asked questions about the Pacific Labour Scheme
Is the Pacific Labour Scheme the same as the Seasonal Worker Programme?
The Scheme complements the existing Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) which, since 2012 has given more than 31,000 seasonal jobs to workers from the Pacific and Timor-Leste.
What is labour market testing?
The Scheme puts Australian job-seekers first. Employers under the Scheme must first advertise jobs in Australia and demonstrate that there are no Australian workers before accessing workers under the Scheme. FIP conducts Labour Market Testing on a schedule to ensure we can are always ready to provide labour as soon as possible.
How long will it take for my company to receive an outcome from FIP Group if they are going to address my labour shortages with candidates from the Pacific?
Once a service agreement is signed, FIP Group will submit a recruitment plan to the Pacific Labour Facility (contracted by DFAT to administer the scheme) which typically takes 2 weeks before an outcome is made.
What is a Recruitment Plan?
A recruitment plan outlines the labour issues our regional/rural clients are currently facing which allows DFAT to consider if PLS candidate placement is suitable.
What is my business required to do if we get PLS candidates?
As a Host Employer, you will be required to ensure the workplace is deemed safe and assist the day to day employment function. FIP Group will process timesheets /payroll, apply for visas, organise flights and any other task that is required to mobilise the candidates to Australia from their home country.
What support do workers receive under the Pacific Labour Scheme?
All participating workers have the same rights and protections as Australian workers. The Pacific Labour Facility provides a range of support services to assist workers including:
connecting workers, employers and training institutions;
providing education on financial literacy, including banking services, remittance transfers, tax returns, and access to superannuation benefits (when their visa has ceased);
accessing affordable accommodation and appropriate living arrangements for workers;
facilitating the introduction of workers to their local communities, including their local diaspora communities;
a 24/7 information hotline for employers and workers; and
monitoring the impact of labour mobility programs, both in Australia and in Pacific countries, to improve support provided to workers.
How do I get involved in the Pacific Labour Scheme?
Food Industry People is an Approved Employer under the scheme and we can supply labour to any approved location in Australia provided they meet our guidelines.