Australian growers have an exciting opportunity to access reliable, stable and cost-effective labour through the Australian Government’s Pacific Labour Scheme, while also helping our Pacific island neighbours.

The Pacific Labour Scheme, along with the Seasonal Worker Programme and the Working Holiday Maker Programme, will help meet the employment needs of Australian growers.

The Pacific Labour Scheme is a demand-driven, employer-sponsored visa scheme open to eligible employers in rural and regional Australia when no workers are available locally.

Under the Scheme, Pacific island workers can work in Australia for a minimum of one year and up to three years, complementing the nine-month Seasonal Worker Programme visa.

Many of the workers come from subsistence farming backgrounds and are accustomed to the demands of horticultural work. All workers undergo an extensive selection process that includes a medical and fitness test, English skills and police checks.

During the recruitment process, employers may wish to travel to the relevant country to meet applicants and participate in the selection process. Alternatively, candidates’ profiles can be supplied to help employers make their selection.

It’s a win-win for both growers and Pacific island workers, who gain skills, training and income to take back to their home countries.

To find out if this meets your labour needs, contact Oxana Reed at the Pacific Labour Facility on Oxana.Reed@pacificlabourfacility.com.au. For an employer checklist or an application form, go to the Australian Government’s Pacific Labour Scheme page.