Islander staff help
Australian tourism businesses across Northern Australia will now be able to employ seasonal workers from nine Pacific Island countries and TimorLeste to help fill seasonal labour shortages.
The Seasonal Worker Programme Northern Australia tourism pilot builds on the operation of the programme in the accommodation sector in selected locations in Australia.
Tourism and International Education Minister Richard Colbeck said the pilot would help businesses in the tourism industry overcome seasonal labour shortages.
“Australia’s tourism and hospitality sector currently has an estimated 37,000 unfilled vacancies and is forecast to require an additional 123,000 new workers by 2020,” he said.
Employment Minister Michaelia Cash said employers were required to test the local job market before applying to recruit seasonal workers.