Australia’s Seasonal Worker Program: Potential Contribution to Host Communities

Australia’s Seasonal Worker Program: Potential Contribution to Host Communities

Author/s (editor/s):

Rochelle Bailey, Roannie Ng Shiu

Publication year:

2015

Publication type:

Policy paper

The Australian Seasonal Worker Program (SWP) and New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE)scheme are government policies that aim to encourage economic development in the Pacific through various forms of remittances (financial, material and social)that workers take home. Evidence from New Zealand and Canada shows that migrants involved in seasonal worker schemes not only provide a reliable source of labour which boosts productivity; their incomes also encourage economic growth in host communities.

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