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, accommodation sector in selected locations and tourism sector (the Northern Australia tourism pilot).

The Seasonal Worker Programme offers employers in the agriculture sector and employers in selected locations in the accommodation and tourism sectors access 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

Email: seasonalworker@employment.gov.au

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

Resources

The following is a list of all the resources that are associated with Seasonal Worker Programme.

Results

  1. Australian Government Response to 'Seasonal change' Inquiry Report

    Created: 16 February 2017  |  Last modified: 27 February 2017

    The Australian Government tabled its response to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration Report ‘Seasonal change’ on 16 February 2017. A link to a copy of the response can be...

  2. Efficiency study by ABARES: Measuring the efficiency of horticultural labour- Case study on seasonal workers and working holiday makers

    Created: 17 January 2014  |  Last modified: 7 September 2015

    This study estimates the relative efficiency of worker hired under the Working Holiday Visa initiative and the Seasonal Worker Program, using the payroll data of a horticultural...

  3. Factsheet – the accommodation industry and the Seasonal Worker Programme

    Created: 7 January 2014  |  Last modified: 16 January 2017

    Employers in the accommodation industry have ongoing access to the Seasonal Worker Programme, following an announcement by the Australian Government to expand the Seasonal...

  4. Factsheet- AoST for AE and the Seasonal Worker Programme

    Created: 16 October 2013  |  Last modified: 16 January 2017

    Factsheet on Add-On Skills Training for the Seasonal Worker Programme

  5. Factsheet- approved employers and the Seasonal Worker Programme

    Created: 17 November 2012  |  Last modified: 16 January 2017

    Only organisations approved by the Australian Government can recruit seasonal workers. The organisations are referred to as ‘Approved Employers’.

  6. Factsheet- the agriculture (aquaculture) industry and the Seasonal Worker Programme

    Created: 17 November 2012  |  Last modified: 16 January 2017

    Australian Employers in selected locations in the aquaculture sector unable to find enough local Australian workers to meet their seasonal labour needs, now have access to trial...

  7. Factsheet- the agriculture (cane) industry and the Seasonal Worker Programme

    Created: 17 November 2012  |  Last modified: 16 January 2017

    Australian Employers in selected locations in the cane sector unable to find enough local Australian workers to meet their seasonal labour needs, now have access to trial...

  8. Factsheet- the agriculture (cotton) industry and the Seasonal Worker Programme

    Created: 17 November 2012  |  Last modified: 16 January 2017

    Australian Employers in the cotton sector unable to find enough local Australian workers to meet their seasonal labour needs now have access to the Seasonal Worker Programme...

  9. Factsheet- the agriculture (horticulture) industry and the Seasonal Worker Programme

    Created: 17 November 2012  |  Last modified: 16 January 2017

    Australian employers in the horticulture sector unable to find enough local Australian workers to meet their seasonal labour needs, have access to Seasonal Worker Programme

  10. Factsheet- the agriculture industry and the Seasonal Worker Programme

    Created: 8 February 2016  |  Last modified: 16 January 2017

    Seasonal Worker Programme Agriculture Factsheet

  11. Seasonal Worker Programme Application Form

    Created: 22 September 2015

    Application form for the Seasonal Worker Programme

  12. Seasonal Worker Programme Arrival Report

    Created: 22 September 2015

    Seasonal Worker Programme Arrival Report

  13. Seasonal Worker Programme Deed of Agreement

    Created: 8 December 2016

    Seasonal Worker Programme Deed of Agreement

  14. Seasonal Worker Programme Fact Sheet New Measures 2017

    Created: 12 September 2017

    New measures to increase access to the Seasonal Worker Programme for employers and seasonal workers announced on 8 September 2017.

  15. Seasonal Worker Programme Financial and Credentials Information Form

    Created: 24 July 2015

    The purpose of this form is to obtain information in order to assess, in the opinion of the Department of Employment, your entity's credentials and financial viability.

  16. Seasonal Worker Programme Important Contacts Flyer

    Created: 9 November 2016

    Seasonal Worker Programme Important Contacts Flyer

  17. Seasonal Worker Programme Return Report

    Created: 22 September 2015

    Seasonal Worker Programme Return Report

  18. Seasonal Worker Programme – Consent Form – Cross-border disclosure of personal information

    Created: 12 August 2015

    The information collected by the Approved Employer of the Seasonal Worker Programme may be disclosed to third-parties operating outside Australia, including Australian external...

  19. Seasonal Worker Programme – Privacy Notification and Consent From

    Created: 12 August 2015

    Form for collection, use and disclosure of ‘sensitive’ personal information.

  20. Skills Training- Consolidated Frequently Asked Questions addendum

    Created: 16 May 2014  |  Last modified: 18 June 2015

    Frequently Asked Questions for the request for applications for inclusion on a multi-use list for the provision of add-on skills training to seasonal workers.

  21. SWP Implementation Arrangements – effective 1 August 2015

    Created: 12 August 2015  |  Last modified: 16 January 2017

    The Implementation Arrangements are subsidiary document to the Memorandum of Understanding in support of Australia’s Seasonal Worker Programme.