Tourism businesses across the North are in for another boost following the expansion of the Seasonal Workers Programme.
Northern based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said he welcomed today’s news of the programme’s tourism trial in Northern Australia.
“Together with the tax cuts announced earlier this week in the Budget, the expansion of the Seasonal Workers programme into the tourism sector represents another huge win for small businesses across the North,” Senator Macdonald said.
The tourism trial means tourism businesses across the North will be able to employ seasonal workers from nine Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste, to help fill seasonal labour shortages.
Senator Macdonald said the tourism pilot will help businesses in the tourism industries who can’t find enough locals to meet seasonal demand.
“With tourism one of Northern Australia’s biggest industries and one which is so dependent on seasonal variations, it is essential that business operators have access to a reliable workforce, particularly during periods of high demand.”
He said an important integrity measure of the pilot programme is that employers must test the local job market before they can apply to recruit seasonal workers.
The tourism pilot was developed in close consultation with peak industry organisations and provides a range of opportunities in jobs not currently available to seasonal workers under the programme.
The Seasonal Workers programme is one of the key initiatives of the Northern Australia Whitepaper.
A full list of the jobs seasonal workers can be employed in under the tourism pilot, including additional information about the programme, can be found at www.employment.gov.au/seasonal-worker-programme.
To apply to recruit seasonal workers visit: www.employment.gov.au/information-employers-how-recruit-seasonal-workers