The Federal Government recently announced the first stage of reforms to the Pacific Labour Scheme and Seasonal Workers Program, aimed at streamlining and reducing red tape.
The closer alignment between the two initiatives comes under the newly branded Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme.
The PLS and SWP are vital to the banana industry and complement our existing workforce, and the ABGC was at the forefront of lobbying for their resumption after the pandemic hit.
ABGC members have continuously told us that red-tape was a major roadblock and the application process arduous, so measures to make the programs easier to access are welcomed. In addition, the ABGC is pleased with additional efforts to protect worker welfare and better meet the needs of regional Australia.
This move supports the Government’s previous announcement to bring 12,500 workers to Australia by March 2022.
Hear more at the PLS/SWP info sessions
If you’re keen to hear more about the reforms, and the PLS/SWP generally, be sure to secure your spot for the PLS/SWP Industry Updates in Innisfail and Mareeba next month.
- Atherton Tablelands Industry Update: Tuesday October 5, 9.45am – 2.30pm, Mareeba Leagues Club. Reserve your place: https://bit.ly/3820KxT
- Innisfail Industry Update: Wednesday October 6, 9.45am – 2.30pm, Innisfail Brothers Leagues Club. Reserve your place: https://bit.ly/3AT9Vgz
The ABGC advocates for banana growers and no one else – giving members a united and more powerful voice for industry.
Contact Leanne Erakovic, the ABGC’s advocate on workforce issues, if you have any questions.