The Seasonal Worker Programme contributes to the economic development of participating countries by providing access to work opportunities in the Australian agriculture and accommodation industries. The Seasonal Worker Programme offers seasonal labour to employers in the agricultural industry, and employers in selected locations in the accommodation industry who can’t meet their seasonal labour needs with local jobseekers.
Participating countries include Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. For Australian employers in the agriculture and accommodation industries unable to find enough local labour, the Programme offers access to a reliable, returning workforce able to return season after season. In addition to the on-the-job learning seasonal workers undertake under the Programme, they also have the opportunity to participate in valuable basic training opportunities funded by the Australian Government known as add-on skills training.