March 14, 2015 The Government has announced amendments to the Pacific Seasonal Worker Programme to better support farmers and to respond to community concerns. The Government has decided to remove the arbitrary caps on places within the horticultural and trial components of the programme imposed by the former government. The programme will continue to operate within the existing 12,000-place cap. â€œThe Government has listened to community concerns and decided to make this common-sense change,â€_x009d_ Employment Minister Senator Eric Abetz said.
â€œThe scheme retains a demand-driven approach and participating employers must exhaust the local job market before recruiting foreign seasonal workers, meaning that no Australian worker will be displaced by this change.
â€œAustralian job seekers remain the Governmentâ€™s priority.â€_x009d_
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