Skybury Farms

Transitioning workers from seasonal work to the Pacific Labour Scheme

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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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K&S Contracting

Saving money, making connections and developing new skills

K&S Contracting specialises in forestry and weed control. The business signed up to the Pacific Labour Scheme in 2018 after struggling to find reliable local labour for forestry work. It currently employs five Tuvaluans who are now active members of the local community.

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Cowra Meat Processing

Recruiting workers from Samoa has 'been a tremendous saving' for this business

Cowra Meat Processing employs around 200 workers but struggles to find staff. In 2018, general manager, Peter Browne, visited Samoa to interview workers through the Pacific Labour Scheme. In early 2019, seven men from Samoa started work at the processing facility.

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