Australia is expanding its Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot program to include workers from Nauru, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.
And it will allow workers from East Timor to undertake seasonal work in Broome’s tourist sector.
Australia’s Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson says, “We know Australia’s tourism industry has been struggling over a long period to find and compete for workers, particularly in regional areas. The Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme has been very successful in the horticulture industry so it makes sense to trial this proven approach in the tourism sector.”
“This is a win-win. The expansion of the Pilot Scheme recognises the importance of tourism and services exports to both East Timor and Broome’s local economies.
“The Pilot will build on the existing close ties between Broome and East Timor which have been generated through the successful Pilot Pearl Production Cadetship program and help fill labour shortages.