The new visas will enable the workers to remain in Australia and continue working to support themselves for up to 12 months. The conditions under the Seasonal Worker Programme and Pacific Labour Scheme visas will be carried over to the new visa arrangements, continuing the sponsorship arrangements between Pacific workers and their employers.
These changes will ensure the agricultural sector has the labour force it needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. More information is available in the Minister’s media release.
More information about the Seasonal Worker Programme is available from the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.