Address seasonal labour needs

Due to COVID-19 boarder restrictions, some of these visa options are limited.

If appropriate, the following tools may assist.

Seasonal Worker Program

The Seasonal Worker Program assists Australian employers in the agriculture sector nationwide, accommodation sector (in selected locations) and tourism sector (the Northern Australia tourism pilot) that are unable to find enough local Australian labour by providing access to workers from nine participating Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste. Seasonal workers can return in following seasons, providing employers with access to a reliable, returning workforce.

The program contributes to the economic development of eligible Pacific island countries and Timor-Leste by providing access to low and unskilled work opportunities in Australia. Further information on the programme is available from the Department of Jobs and Small Business website.

Pacific Labour Scheme

The Pacific Labour Scheme began on 1 July 2018 and enables citizens of select Pacific Island countries to take up low and semi-skilled work in rural and regional Australia for up to three years. The Scheme is designed to help fill labour gaps in Australia’s rural and regional towns and farms, and will contribute to enhanced economic integration and development in our regions.

For further information on the Scheme visit Home Affairs.