An Australian Government initiative that connects workers with rural and regional Australian businesses and supports the economic prosperity of 9 Pacific islands and Timor-Leste.Which countries are involved?
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For Australian employers in rural and regional areas, finding enough local workers to meet their needs can be a challenge.
The Australian Government has designed two initiatives to help businesses address chronic labour shortages, while also strengthening Australia’s links with Pacific island countries and Timor-Leste.
When there isn’t enough local labour available, employers in rural and regional areas of Australia can recruit unskilled workers from 9 Pacific island countries and Timor-Leste through the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) for up to 9 months.
Through the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS), Australian rural and regional employers looking for a longer-term labour solution can express their interest in recruiting low-skilled and semi-skilled workers from 9 Pacific island countries and Timor-Leste for between one and 3 years.