Guidance for Approved Employers

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Net Financial Benefit for Seasonal Workers

In each recruitment plan submitted to the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, approved employers must demonstrate that a competent seasonal worker, receiving an average minimum of 30 hours’ of work per week, will benefit financially from their participation in the Seasonal Worker Programme.

Duration of stay

For all seasonal workers, the minimum duration of stay will be determined in consultation with the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business. The decision will be based on the approved employer demonstrating that a competent seasonal worker will benefit financially from their participation in the Seasonal Worker Programme.

Seasonal Workers can be employed for a maximum period of nine months.

Recoupment of International and Domestic Transportation

An approved employer must pay upfront the full return international airfare and domestic transfer costs for all seasonal workers from their port of departure in the participating country through to the location of employment and accommodation in Australia.

The approved employer can then recoup from each seasonal worker the international and domestic transportation costs over $300 via authorised deductions from seasonal workers wages.

For example, if the return international airfare costs $1200, and the domestic transfers to and from the work location cost $300, the employer can recover up to $1200 from the seasonal worker’s pay over the course of their employment ($1200 + $300 = $1500. $1500-$300 = $1200). The approved employer must be in a position to provide evidence substantiating any money deducted from seasonal workers relates to travel costs.

Welfare and Wellbeing Costs

Approved employers must not pass on costs to, or charge, seasonal workers for arranging or providing Welfare and Wellbeing assistance. The types of costs that cannot be passed to seasonal workers include a charge out rate for approved employers or others’ time for identifying health services, community activities, and/or for providing on-arrival briefing sessions or community orientation sessions.