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.
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.
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 3 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 3 years.