Western Australia To Join With Timor-Leste Addressing Seasonal Workforce Needs

Western Australia To Join With Timor-Leste Addressing Seasonal Workforce Needs

Western Australia Minister for Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan

Pacific Partnership To Address Horticultural Industry Labour Needs

Victor P Taffa

  • McGowan Government to work with Timor-Leste to strengthen workforce linkages
  • Western Australia horticultural businesses to benefit from new Pacific Labour Scheme project

McGowan Government will work closely with Timor-Leste as part of a pilot project to address the seasonal labour needs of the Western Australia horticultural industry.

“To continue to grow the State’s horticultural industry we need a secure and reliable workforce.” Minister for Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan said.

“Labour scheme pilot project will begin to address the labour needs of Western Australia’s horticultural industry and strengthen linkages with our Pacific neighbours.”

Pacific Labour Scheme, Horticultural Industry Facilitation Pilot Project will identify the medium-term labour needs, constraints and opportunities within the fruit and vegetable industries, to help support Western Australia’s horticultural growers.

Project will run for 12 months and include up to 12 Western Australia fruit and vegetable growing businesses from Kununurra in the north to Albany in the south.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will partner with vegetablesWA to match semiskilled and skilled workers from Pacific Island labour programs with Western Australian horticultural businesses, with a focus on engaging Timor-Leste seasonal work visa holders.

Timor-Leste Ambassador to Australia, Abel Guterres, joined Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan and vegetablesWA CEO John Shannon at horticultural businesses in Albany and Manjimup today to see firsthand the opportunities the program can provide for Western Australian growers.

Western Australia’s horticultural industries are valued at over $1.1 Billion and employ more than 5,600 workers, 16 % of all employment in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sector.

Abbreviations:

WA                 Western Australia