Simfresh

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

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Nutrano Produce Group

These Solomon Island workers have built new houses and a church in their village

The isolation of Nutrano’s citrus farm means it has been hard to find workers who will stay for a whole season. The business joined the Seasonal Worker Programme in 2017 and now employs a large group of workers from the Solomon Islands. Many of the workers have built new houses, and the workers have also built a new church in their village with the money they have earned working in Australia.

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Goldfields Honey

Bringing specialist beekeeping knowledge from the Pacific to Australia

Goldfields Honey, midway between Bathurst and Orange in central west, NSW, has recently joined the Pacific Labour Scheme. Beekeeping is a growing industry in the Pacific islands, so Australian apiarists can benefit from the experience Pacific island workers have in the industry.

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Skybury Farms

Transitioning workers from seasonal work to the Pacific Labour Scheme

Skybury Tropical Plantation in Mareeba in Queensland joined the Seasonal Worker Programme in 2018, recruiting workers from Papua New Guinea. The business is pleased with the workers it has recruited and intends to now recruit from the Pacific Labour Scheme.

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GraceKate Farms

Many workers have returned to this farm for multiple seasons

GraceKate Farms joined the Seasonal Worker Programme in 2012 and has been employing workers from the Pacific islands ever since. The business has now joined the Pacific Labour Scheme, which will allow it to access workers for up to three years. Having a returning workforce allows the owners to grow their farm and plan for the future.

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Russell McCrystal Farms

Reducing staff training costs, less need for supervision

Russell McCrystal Farms joined the Seasonal Worker Programme in 2015, initially trialling six workers. As of 2019, the farm employs 18 men and six women from Vanuatu. The business has now joined the Pacific Labour Scheme, which will allow it to access workers for up to three years.

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Hillwood Berries

This farm's productivity has increased because of its returning workforce

Hillwood Berries joined the Seasonal Worker Programme in 2013. The returning workforce has helped to increase the farm’s productivity, and the business now employs workers from two different countries.

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