Someone yesterday told us that the number of workers in the Seasonal workers program in Australia would be capped at 500 from Fiji but that is ridiculously small as Australia needs thousands of labourers for the fruit harvest alone. The figures below refer to only Fiji or to all Pacific Islanders in the scheme? then I looked up an Australian government website http://docs.employment.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/qa_fiji_and_the_swp.pdf and read this:
What will seasonal workers get paid?
Seasonal workers are provided with the same working conditions and arrangements as other employees in their workplace. Seasonal workers are usually employed under the Horticulture Award 2010.
Is the Seasonal Worker Program capped?
Yes the number of seasonal workers that can be recruited each year is capped. 3250 places are available to Australian Approved Employers in 2014-15. 4250 places are available to Australian Approved Employers in 2015-16
How long can seasonal workers stay in Australia for?
Seasonal workers can be invited to undertake work in Australia for a single approved Australian employer for a period of between 14 weeks and six months. Australian approved employers need to guarantee a minimum average of 30 hours of work per week for the duration of seasonal workers’employment.
What sectors can seasonal workers be employed in?
Seasonal workers can be employed to undertake work in the horticulture, ccommodation, aquaculture, cane and cotton sectors