Seasonal Workers Overview

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Connect Group is currently one of only small group of Australian Approved Employers (AAE’s) authorized by the Federal Government to manage recruitment for the Seasonal Workers (SW) from participating Pacific countiries and Timor-Leste.

The Seasonal Workers Program sources seasonal workers from Pacific Island nations for Australian Horticultural growers/harvesters who cannot source adequate or reliable local jobseekers. Trials are also being run across Western Australia in the Accommodation sector. For more information see the Minister's Media Release on 5th Ausgust 2013.

The Seasonal Workers Program (SWP) is a major Federal Government initiative to increase Australia's rural economic output, specifically horticultural production for sale to local and global markets.

By winning the tender, Connect Group is responsible for staffing participating Australian farmers and regional communities with seasonal labour from four Pacific Island nations who have a Memorandum of Understanding with the Australian Government.

Our Government entrusts Connect Group to play a leading role in ensuring the success of this major initiative which has important ramifications nationally and throughout our geographic region!

Visit the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) for more information on the SWP right here or call us directly on (03) 9792 1949 for a FREE briefing on how the scheme can benefit you.


Why use Connect Group for your Seasonal Labour? More here

Connect Group's Growers Information and Indicative Pricing Guide Download here

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