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Pacific Labour Mobility Consultation

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The Government is seeking submissions from interested stakeholders on options for further enhancing Australia’s highly successful Pacific labour mobility initiatives: the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) and the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS). The SWP and PLS address labour shortages in rural and regional Australia when there is an unmet demand, and support the economic and social development of the Pacific and Timor-Leste by offering Pacific workers short to medium-term employment in Australia.

Recent events, including the COVID-19 pandemic, have brought into sharp focus workforce shortages in critical industry sectors, including agriculture, and raised the profile of Pacific labour. As we look ahead to life beyond the pandemic, with an altered labour market and growing demand in some sectors, now is the time to consider how to improve and streamline the two programs.

Making a Submission

On 10 June, Ministers Littleproud, Payne, Robert, Seselja and Hawke, announced a six week period of public consultation. We invite interested stakeholders to complete a short questionnaire (8 questions) that will support government considerations on future arrangements and policy settings for the programs. To help guide responses, a discussion paper has been developed to provide an overview of the current programs and settings. A further written submission, or further information, may be attached to your response if you wish.

We will publish your response on this website, including contact information, unless you specifically request that your response, or part thereof, be handled in confidence. Material supplied in confidence should be clearly marked IN CONFIDENCE and be provided as a separate attachment to non-confidential material. We reserve the right not to publish or to redact any response and/or submission that does not meet editorial guidelines or which we otherwise deem inappropriate.

The consultation period will close on 18 July 2021. Should you have any questions about this consultation process, please email

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