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Seasonal Workers Can Take Family Along In Future: Senator Wong

Seasonal workers who successfully complete their application under the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility will soon take their families with them to Australia, the new Minister for Foreign Af­fairs, Senator Penny Wong has revealed.
29 May 2022 16:06
Seasonal Workers Can Take Family Along In Future: Senator Wong
Visiting Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Senator Penny Wong with Minister Praveen Bala while touring sessional workers salection process in Suva on May 27, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Seasonal workers who successfully complete their application under the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility will soon take their families with them to Australia, the new Minister for Foreign Af­fairs, Senator Penny Wong has revealed.

Senator Wong has made it clear that the new Government will work to provide more accessibility for Fijians.

“We obviously want to do more with the Pacific Labour Scheme, we want people to be able to bring over their families for the longer-term visa,” she said.

“People were saying that there were a lot of benefits for them, but it was pretty hard for them to leave their family that long.

“We have a Pacific engagement visa which would allow permanent residency that we want to put in place.”

She said that the Australian Government would work on the details for the new relief upon consultation with employers and the Fijian Government. The longer-term visa is up to four years in Australia.

Senator Wong said Australia’s message to the Pacific was clear: “We’re listening, and we’ve heard you.”

Programme details

The PALM scheme allows Australian busi­nesses to hire workers from Pacific island countries and Timor-Leste when there are not enough local workers available.

Once approved to participate in the PALM scheme, employers can recruit workers to fill unskilled, low or semi-skilled posi­tions for seasonal placements for up to nine months or longer-term placements of be­tween one and four years.

Seasonal and longer-term workers can be employed in any sector and in all regional and rural postcodes, except for agriculture which applies to all of Australia.

Anyone who wishes to apply for the pro­gramme can visit https://www.palmscheme.gov.au/ for more information.



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