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.

During coronavirus, Seasonal Worker Programme participants may be able to extend their stay. To find out more about temporary visa arrangements during coronavirus go to the Department of Home Affairs Staying in Australia page external-icon.png.

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

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.

Visit our Language help page for more information and resources on workplace rights and obligations in over 30 languages.

Employing seasonal workers

To get involved in the programme, employers have to:

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 to arrange a briefing for your new employees.


For information about the programme contact the Department of Education, Skills and Employment external-icon.png.

Seasonal workers and employers who are part of the programme can email 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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