How to apply to become an approved employer

Are you are a business located in rural or regional Australia, with labour needs that can’t be met by Australian workers? If so, you could be eligible to become an approved employer under the Seasonal Worker Programme or the Pacific Labour Scheme.

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New Pacific Labour Scheme recruitments delayed

International travel restrictions and quarantine requirements of states and territories are significantly delaying new recruitments under the Pacific Labour Scheme at this time.

Consequently, we are currently focusing on the highest recruitment priorities of current approved employers and pausing new approved employer applications, until prospects for recruitment by new approved employers improve.

We will keep you informed of changes to the current situation and thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

How to become an approved employer with the Seasonal Worker Programme

To apply to join the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP), visit the SWP page on the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business website.

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