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Monday, 31 October 2011
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Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme

(Question No. 458)


Ms Gambaro asked the Minister representing the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, in writing, on 6 July 2011:

In respect of the Pacific Island Workers Program, (a) how many people have participated to date, (b) what is the breakdown by (i) post code, and (ii) agricultural areas, of where these people worked, (c) what is the anticipated duration of the program, (d) what funding has been provided by his department for this program, and (e) did all workers under the program leave the country when their visas expired.


Mr Crean: The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

In respect to the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme (the Pilot) and as of 15 July 2011:

(a) 550 workers have participated in the Pilot.

(b) Table 1 contains the number of Pacific seasonal workers who have participated in the Pilot by agricultural location, mapped to postcode level.

Please note that some Pacific seasonal workers have worked in more than one location. Pacific seasonal workers are mapped against each location they have worked in.

Table 1.

Agricultural area (ii)

Post code (i)

Number of Pacific seasonal workers placed with growers in the agricultural area

Tharbogang, N.S.W.

2680

6

Guyra, N.S.W.

2365

29

Leeton, N.S.W.

2705

2

Renmark, S.A.

5341

5

Robinvale, Vic

3549

184

Murrawee, Vic

3586

16

Red Cliffs and Koorlong, Vic

3496 and 3509

19

Mundubbera, Qld

4626

176

Gayndah, Qld

4625

13

Bowen, Qld

4805

47

Emerald, Qld

4720

79

Bundaberg, Qld

4670

2

Gin Gin, Qld

4671

10

Geraldton, W.A.

6530

20

Manjimup, W.A.

6258

10

(c) The Pilot will run to 30 June 2012.

(d) The Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements for the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Portfolio, 2008-09, p.19, displays both the Administered and Departmental funding estimates for the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations to establish the Pilot—see Figure 1.

Figure 1.

 

Outcome

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

 

 

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme

 

 

 

 

 

- establishment

8

 

 

 

 

Administered expense

 

-

-

403

668

Departmental outputs

 

1,039

1,335

1,175

939

Total

 

1,039

1,335

1,578

1,607

Visa compliance is the responsibility of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). DIAC advises that visa compliance by Pacific seasonal workers has been very high with only one worker not departing before their Special Program (Subclass 416) visa expired in November 2010. Requests for information about the Department of Immigration and Citizenship's compliance activities in locating visa overstayers should be referred to the Minister for Immigration and Citizen