Seasonal labour

Alternate Term Label:
Seasonal worker programs
Working paper

Health care management in Australia’s and New Zealand’s seasonal worker schemes

This paper discusses the relatively untouched topic of temporary migrants’ health care management in Australia’s Seasonal Worker Program (SWP) and New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme (RSE), which are temporary seasonal worker schemes.
Report

Pacific Islanders in regional Victoria: final project report

This major research project, led by Professor Helen Lee of Latrobe University, explored the socio‐economic status and well‐being of Pacific migrants in rural northwest Victoria, focusing on the towns of Mildura and Robinvale. The project’s final report makes a series of recommendations on employment, education...
Blog post

The horticulture labour shortage myth

In an era where structural aid cuts have undermined Australia’s capacity to deliver poverty reduction, there should be a more active approach to support a broader development agenda which includes migration, argues Henry Sherell.
Book

Labour lines and Colonial power: Indigenous and Pacific Islander labour mobility in Australia

This book argues that both Pacific Islanders and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands peoples made purposeful migrations to find work, reflective of rich cultures and histories of mobility.
Report

Demand for farm workers: ABARES farm survey results 2018

This survey report provides an-depth profile of labour demand, recruitment difficulties and future challenges facing farmers. The surveys covered broadacre, dairy and vegetable industries across all states, together with irrigated cotton and fruit and nut farms in the southern Murray Darling Basin.
Blog post

The Pacific Labour Scheme: is it a flop?

The Australian Government’s Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) provides workers from nine Pacific island countries for employment in rural and regional Australia for up to three years. It marked one year of operation on 30 June and according to some, there was little to celebrate. However...
Blog post

Australia’s seasonal worker program now bigger than NZ’s

The Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP), which allows workers from the Pacific and Timor-Leste to work on Australian farms for up to nine months, grew by 44% in 2018-19 or by some 3,000 workers – the largest absolute increase ever and one of the highest percentage...
Report

Effects of temporary migration: shaping Australia’s society and economy

This report examines the facts around temporary migration, its importance to business and the economic benefits it delivers to Australians. While less often discussed than permanent migration, it is a significant and important part of Australia’s migration system.
Briefing paper

Ni-Vanuatu ‘making business’ through Seasonal Worker Programs

An objective of both Australia’s Seasonal Worker Program (SWP) and New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme (RSE) is to encourage economic development in the Pacific. This paper highlights how a number of ni-Vanuatu seasonal workers in both RSE and SWP have created various businesses and...
Report

Are there only winners? Labour mobility for sustainable development in the Pacific

After more than 10 years of established seasonal work schemes in Australia and New Zealand, this report focuses on seasonal labour mobility in the context of a policy assessment framework that addresses both wins and losses when considering a sustainable future for labour mobility in...