How to apply to become an Approved Employer?
Employers must first apply to be approved by the Australian Government before they can recruit seasonal workers through the Programme. Once approved, employers are then referred to as ‘approved employers’.
Approved employers enter into agreements with the Australian Government and also enter into a sponsorship arrangement with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. For information on the sponsorship process visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
Employers may be interested in recruiting a seasonal worker for their own business (such as an orange grower), or they may wish to recruit seasonal workers to place with another business in a labour hire arrangement.
Organisations such as labour hire companies, employers in the agriculture or accommodation industries can apply to employ seasonal workers. Contractors who have been in operation for at least five years and have a record of compliance with immigration and workplace relations requirements are also eligible to apply to become approved employers.
Approved Employer responsibilities
Approved employers have a number of responsibilities when participating in the Programme.
Before seeking access to seasonal workers under the Seasonal Worker Programme, approved employers must first try to recruit local jobseekers and undertake ‘labour market testing’. The Seasonal Worker Programme has an Australian job-seeker first approach, and employers must advertise vacancies and then give first preference to any suitable local jobseekers before filling the vacancies with seasonal workers.
As the employer of seasonal workers, employers are responsible for organising flights, transport and accommodation for workers, ensuring seasonal workers have access to a minimum average of 30 hours of work per week, pastoral care responsibilities, as well as ensuring that the seasonal workers wellbeing is managed. Approved employers have some reporting obligations to the Australian Government providing evidence that workers have been employed and paid in accordance with the Programme and Australian workplace entitlements. The Australian Government has worked with industry to reduce red tape and regulation for employers, while maintaining appropriate safeguards and accountability.
Approved Employers currently participating in the Seasonal Worker Programme
The organisations listed below are Approved employers who have agreed to have their contact details published on the Seasonal Worker Programme website. Some of these businesses provide labour hire services, while others recruit workers for their own businesses only.
|Brockfield Enterprises Pty Ltd||Mr Vince Brockfield||+61 (07) 4126 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Connect Group (Aust) Pty Ltd||Mr Michael Fryszer||+61 (03) 9792 email@example.com|
|Dahegam Fresh Produce||0419 418 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Deep Creek Organics||Mr Frank and Mrs Donna Bombaci||+61 (03) 5997 email@example.com|
|EastCoast Human Resource Group||Michalle Faulkner||(07) 5443 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jobs Australia Enterprises Pty Ltd||Mr Nigel Barlow||+61 04 2772 email@example.com|
|Kata Labour Hire||Ms Sela Kata||+61 (02) 6964 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|MADEC Australia||Marika Woodberry||+61 (03) 5025 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mecure Hotel Broome||Ms Fran Kirby||+61 04 3825 email@example.com|
|Meander Valley Dairy||Sue Williams||(03) 6383 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Owen Pacific Workforce||Mr Grant Owen||+61 04 2958 email@example.com|
|Rivercorp Land and Water||F.R McLauchlan||+61 (08) 8267 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Surfnsand Pty Ltd||John Ide||0439 879 email@example.com|
|SW Labour Solutions Pty Ltd||Ms Valentina Gasperini||+61 (08) 9758 8136||Tech@laboursolutions.net|
|The Big Berry||Mr Paul Casey||+61 (03) 5967 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Vernview Pty Ltd||Ms Susan Finger||+61 (03) 5964 email@example.com|
|Vinepower Margaret River Pty Ltd||David Rankin||+61 (08) 9757 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia Pty Ltd||Ms Nicole Rootsey||+61 (07) 8296 8000|
|Yen Lin International Development||Ms Yen Lin Shelton Fan||+61 (07) 3422 email@example.com|