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Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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