Seasonal Worker Programme

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The Seasonal Worker Programme contributes to the economic development of nine participating Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste, by providing access to work opportunities in the Australian agriculture sector and accommodation sector in selected locations.

Budget 2019-20

On 2 April 2019, the Australian Government announced a new measure in the 2019-20 Budget to help smaller farmers address agricultural workforce shortages as part of the Seasonal Worker Programme. A 12‑month pilot will be introduced from 1 May 2019, in up to three regions. Selected labour hire employers will link smaller farms with seasonal workers to meet harvest requirements. Regional Coordinators from the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business (formerly Department of Jobs and Small Business) and inspectors from the Fair Work Ombudsman will be on the ground to check on the workers’ welfare through monitoring visits.

Seasonal Worker Programme overview

The Seasonal Worker Programme offers employers in the agriculture sector and employers in selected locations in the accommodation sector access to a reliable, returning workforce when there is not enough local Australian labour to meet seasonal demand.

Seasonal workers benefit from the opportunity to earn Australian wages and gain valuable on-the-job learning opportunities. Many seasonal workers use the money earned in Australia to pay for their kids’ education, start a small business or build a house. For the workers and their families, this is a life changing opportunity.

How to contact us, raise an issue or provide feedback


Information Line: +61 (02) 6240 5234 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday to Friday, Canberra time)

For more information on Australia’s skilled visas visit the Department of Home Affairs website.