Speeches | 19 June 2008

Labour mobility: an Australian seasonal work visa scheme for Pacific Islands labour

On 12-13 June 2008, the Lowy Institute hosted a conference to examine the questions associated with the possible introduction of a seasonal work visa scheme for Pacific Islanders in the Australian horticulture sector. The conference focused on the horticultural industry’s requirements for a stable and reliable workforce, the strong interest and capacity of Pacific Island countries suffering from high unemployment to take up seasonal employment in Australia, the importance of appropriate design of pilot programs and the likelihood that the benefits of establishing a seasonal labour scheme for Pacific Islanders would outweigh the social and economic costs of administering a scheme. For more information on this conference, please read the outcomes report.Jenny Hayward-Jones

  • Jenny Hayward-Jones

On 12-13 June 2008, the Lowy Institute hosted a conference to examine the questions associated with the possible introduction of a seasonal work visa scheme for Pacific Islanders in the Australian horticulture sector. The conference focused on the horticultural industry’s requirements for a stable and reliable workforce, the strong interest and capacity of Pacific Island countries suffering from high unemployment to take up seasonal employment in Australia, the importance of appropriate design of pilot programs and the likelihood that the benefits of establishing a seasonal labour scheme for Pacific Islanders would outweigh the social and economic costs of administering a scheme. For more information on this conference, please read the outcomes report.Jenny Hayward-Jones

  • Jenny Hayward-Jones