New Pacific Labour Stream – Seasonal workers program
01. Introduce a new Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) stream which will provide a temporary visa pathway for participants to work in Australia for up to three years;
02. Allow participants in the Seasonal Worker Program (SWP) to be granted, subject to conditions, a multi-year, multi-entry visa;
03. Amend the ‘visa in effect’ settings to benefit Subclass 403 visa holders by providing them more time to prepare for their entry and stay in Australia, while not impacting on the visa holder’s granted period of stay;
04. Strengthen integrity measures in the Pacific Labour and the Seasonal Workers streams by introducing a new condition that provides the visa holder must only work for the sponsor in relation to which the visa was granted, although changes of sponsor will be permitted in limited circumstances.
Legislative Instrument – F2018L00829 – Migration Amendment (Pacific Labour Scheme) Regulations 2018 specifies changes to the Subclass 403 Temporary Work (International Relations) visa, to implement initiatives to promote Australia’s international policy in relation to employment opportunities and pathways for Pacific Island Countries.