The Commonwealth Government’s recent announcement to restart the Seasonal Worker Program and Pacific Labour Scheme is welcome news for the banana industry and follows correspondence from ABGC and other peak industry bodies for urgent action on worker access.
The initiative will allow banana farmers to employ Pacific and Timorese workers in locations where there is a shortage of available Australian workers.
Workers coming into Australia under the program will be required to meet stringent quarantine and health requirements to protect the health and safety of Australians.
ABGC has asked the Queensland Government to take steps to participate in the initiative to help fill labour shortages for banana growers.
Rollout of the initiative is urgently needed to address predicted future workforce shortages on banana farms.
Contact Leanne Erakovic, ABGC Executive Officer, on 07 3278 4786 or firstname.lastname@example.org.