Queensland has opted into the Australian Government's recommencement of the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) and Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) to address the expected labour shortage in agribusiness. Our main focus for meeting labour shortages is to attract and train Queenslanders. However, workforce shortages are still expected in this sector. The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) leads the quaratine compliance for workers, supporting industry with their application processes.
This engagement hub has been set up to:
There are three key requirements to participate in the PLS and SWP in Queensland:
Approved employers will need to allow at least 10 weeks between lodging a recruitment proposal and the arrival of workers in Queensland—this is due to the high demand for workers across Australia and New Zealand, and the additional recruitment approvals due to COVID-19.
DAF regionally-based Agriculture Coordination Officers (ACO) and industry-based Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) officers are available to assist enterprises navigate the approval process. To contact your closest ACO or QAWN officer, ring DAF on 13 25 23 and they will make the connection.
In line with the Pacific Labour Facility's Christmas Shutdown advice, Queensland will implement a no flight period for on-farm and regional quarantine from 6 December 2021. Queensland’s first flight post-Christmas/New Year will begin after 11 January 2022.
From 24 August 2021, there are now additional requirements for Approved Employers who wish to bring workers into Queensland under the PLS/SWP programs. These additional requirements are contained in the new Seasonal Workers International Quarantine Plans and Checklist Direction and form part of the International Quarantine Plan (IQP) completed by the Approved Employer.