The Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) builds on the success of the Australian Government’s Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP).
The SWP has allowed Australian businesses to recruit unskilled or low-skilled workers from Pacific island countries since 2012.
Both the SWP and the PLS are Pacific labour mobility initiatives that allow eligible rural and regional employers to access a reliable and productive workforce when there are not enough available local workers.
The key differences between the two initiatives are detailed in the table below.
|Seasonal Worker Programme||Pacific Labour Scheme|
|Length of time||Up to 9 months||Up to 3 years (minimum 12 months)|
|Industries||Agriculture, accommodation (in select locations)||All sectors in rural and regional Australia|
|Locations||Agriculture: Nationally. Accommodation: WA, NT, Tropical North Qld and Kangaroo Island||Rural and regional Australia|
|Skill level||Unskilled and low-skilled||Low-skilled and semi-skilled|
|Labour market testing||Required||Required|
|Agency||Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business||Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade|
|Age of workers||21 years and over||21–45 years|
|Partner countries||Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga and Tuvalu||Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga and Tuvalu|
To find out more about the SWP, visit the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business’ SWP website, phone the information line (02 6240 5234; 9am to 5pm (AEDT), Monday to Friday) or get in touch by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Or to learn more about the PLS, phone the information line (+61 7 3775 7750) or send an email (email@example.com).