Employers in rural and regional parts of Australia can recruit workers from nine Pacific island countries and Timor-Leste for unskilled or low-skilled roles through the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) for up to nine months.
Through the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS), Australian rural and regional employers can recruit workers from nine Pacific island countries and Timor-Leste for low-skilled and semi-skilled roles for between one and three years. Read more about the PLS in the policy handbook below.
All workers participating in Pacific labour mobility initiatives are protected by the same workplace and health and safety laws as Australian workers.
Through Pacific labour mobility, Australian employers in regional and rural areas can access a pool of reliable workers to help them meet their labour needs.
At the same time, these workers are contributing positively to their host communities and creating people-to-people links between Australia and Pacific island countries.
When they spend time in Australia through the SWP and the PLS, workers gain valuable income and skills to take home.
This is making a positive difference to the livelihoods of thousands of families in Pacific island countries and in Timor-Leste—and helping to build prosperity and security across the region.
That’s why Pacific labour mobility is a “triple win”.
It benefits Australian employers and their communities, it helps Pacific island and Timor-Leste workers and their families, and it increases the prosperity of the workers’ home communities and countries.
The Department of Education, Skills and Employment administers the SWP, while the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade connects Australian employers with workers through the Pacific Labour Facility (PLF) and supports the administration of the PLS. Read a summary of the PLF’s annual plan for 2020-21 below.
The PLF also works closely with Pacific and Timorese governments to build the pool of suitably qualified workers, and helps Australian businesses find and recruit workers.
For more information about the SWP, you can visit the Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s SWP website.
If you want to find out whether you are eligible to recruit workers through the PLS, first complete our online prospective employer questionnaire, or download a copy of the questionnaire, complete it and send it to email@example.com.
Or, if you want to find out more about the PLS generally, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.