Cotton Australia will soon be taking part in an international forum to discuss the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme and the projects potential to provide a reliable, returning workforce for Australian agricultural employers.
The Inaugural Seasonal Worker Program Conference 2012 will be held in Sydney from 31 July to 3 August.
The objective of the Seasonal Worker Program is to contribute to the economic development of Pacific Island countries and East Timor.
The Seasonal Worker Program commenced on 1 July 2012 and builds on the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme by offering a reliable, returning workforce to Australian employers who have a demonstrated unmet demand for labour and a commitment to Australian job seekers.
Conference speakers will include international officials from participating countries and New Zealand, along with representatives from peak horticultural, aquaculture, cotton and cane grower associations, grower representatives, Approved Employers, unions, academics, community representatives and Australian Government officials.
Cotton Australia has a seat on the Program’s National Stakeholder Consultative Panel and will be using the conference to present our position on the workforce needs of our industry.
More information on the Seasonal Worker Program Conference is available online at www.deewr.gov.au/seasonalworker