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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elia from Samoa is working in Australia’s tourism industry under the Pacific Labour Scheme.
With the money he has saved, he has been able to reopen his family business in Kiribati.
He is now further improving his career prospects by studying commercial cookery.