Simfresh

How COVID-19 has seen this group of ni-Vanuatu workers move from tourism to citrus farming

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Bolton Clarke

These former tourism workers are helping fill labour gaps in the aged care sector during the COVID-19 outbreak

When these three i-Kiribati tourism industry workers were stood down a couple of months ago, the Pacific Labour Facility supported their relocation, provided accommodation and food vouchers, and helped them find new roles in the aged care sector.

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Midfield Group

How PLS worker Hana Silva from Timor-Leste is adapting to COVID-19 and supporting her community back home

In March 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak escalated into a global pandemic. Like many other Pacific labour mobility workers, Hana Silva from Timor-Leste had to quickly adapt to the new measures.

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Simfresh

Picking citrus and keeping their distance: Horticulture during the time of COVID-19

When coronavirus restrictions began, Simfresh—which produces almost 2m boxes of citrus annually from farms in NSW and Queensland—was “already ahead of the game” in helping its workers stay healthy and happy during the pandemic, operations manager Luke Cini says.

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Aussie Orchards

Pacific workers are filling labour gaps—and stepping up alongside farmers during the bushfire crisis

A group of Papua New Guinean workers employed at Aussie Orchards have not only helped the farm address its ongoing labour problems, they also helped protect the farm during the recent bushfire crisis.

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Simfresh

‘Best picking season ever’: How recruiting Pacific workers has helped Simfresh grow

Simfresh is a family-owned business with farms in New South Wales and Queensland. The company supplies around 1.8 million boxes of citrus each year to the domestic and export markets. Having recently expanded its growing operations, Simfresh has had difficulty finding enough workers to meet its increased labour needs.

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