Seasonal Worker Programme

People from the Pacific region and Timor-Leste can work in Australia on a short-term basis under the Seasonal Worker Programme.

About the programme

The programme is open to employers in agricultural industries (including the horticulture, aquaculture, cane sugar and cotton growing industries).

It is also open to employers in certain locations across Australia in accommodation industries.

Entitlements for seasonal workers

Seasonal workers have the same rights at work as other employees in Australia. Seasonal workers are covered by the minimum entitlements under the National Employment Standards. They may also get entitlements from an award or registered agreement. Awards that cover the industries seasonal workers are allowed to work in are:

Resources for seasonal workers

Language storyboards

Watch our Language storyboards (short videos) on information about basic workplace rights and entitlements in different languages, including Bislama, Tongan, Samoan and Tetum. They can help you to understand your rights and obligations in Australian workplaces.

Fair Work Information Statement

Employers have to give every new employee a copy of the Fair Work Information Statement (the FWIS) before, or as soon as possible after, they start their new job.

To assist Seasonal Worker Programme participants we have translated the FWIS into the following languages:

For more information about the FWIS, see Fair Work Information Statement.

Casual Employment Information Statement

Employers also have to give every new casual employee a Casual Employment Information Statement (the CEIS) before, or as soon as possible after, they start their new job.

Casual employees receive the CEIS in addition to the FWIS.

We have also translated the CEIS into the following languages:

For more information about the CEIS, see Casual Employment Information Statement.

Employing seasonal workers

To find out how to get involved in the programme, employers can visit the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme website external-icon.png

We give briefings to new seasonal workers when they arrive in Australia to start work. These briefings are an introduction to workplace rights and obligations in Australia. If you’re an approved employer under the programme, you can contact us at seasonalworkerprogramme@fwo.gov.au to arrange a briefing for your new employees.

Questions?

For information about the programme, visit the PALM scheme website external-icon.png.

Seasonal workers and employers who are part of the programme can email seasonalworkerprogramme@fwo.gov.au for information on workplace entitlements. You can also Call us.

If you need an interpreter call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 13 14 50. Tell the operator the language you speak and ask the operator to telephone us on 13 13 94.

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