Skybury Farms

Transitioning workers from seasonal work to the Pacific Labour Scheme

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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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‘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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Ironbark Citrus

Each of these women has a goal to start a business or improve their farm

Five women from a remote village in the highlands of Papua New Guinea have been recruited to pick mandarins at Ironbark Citrus in outback Queensland. Ironbark Citrus joined the Seasonal Worker Programme in 2012 and also recruits workers from Timor-Leste and Tonga. Working in Australia has been life-changing for the workers.

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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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