Samoan seasonal workers make beeline for Australia


Following the announcement of the extension of Australia’s seasonal worker scheme beyond the end of its four-year-old pilot project due to come to an end in June this year, there is high interest around the region among seasonal workers to apply for work visas in the country.<!--more-->

Doors have now been opened to Samoan workers to join those from the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Kiribati to apply for seasonal jobs in Australian farms. This week, hundreds of Samoans queued up in Apia to know more about the seasonal scheme and to apply for the jobs.

Having worked in New Zealand on the country’s RSE (Recognised Seasonal Employer) scheme for several years, Samoans are not new to seasonal worker schemes but, in this instance, are hoping Australian wages would be better than those offered in New Zealand, where thousands of Samoan workers continue to work in farms across the country along with workers from Vanuatu, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands.

Samoans have been given nine working days for registering for the scheme ending on April 20.