Finding workers for your business

Call the business hotline or speak to a Seasonal Workforce Coordinator

Businesses seeking assistance with finding seasonal workers can call the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.

Listen out for the option that relates to finding seasonal workers in the agriculture industry. If the agent can’t answer your query, your details will be passed to one of Agriculture Victoria’s Seasonal Workforce Coordinators, who will contact you to discuss your needs further.

Alternatively, you can register to speak to a Seasonal Workforce Coordinator.

Pacific Australia Labour Mobility Scheme (PALM)

The Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme allows eligible Australian businesses to hire workers from nine Pacific Islands and Timor-Leste to meet the shortfall of Australian workers.

Eligible businesses can recruit workers for seasonal jobs through the PALM scheme for up to 9 months (under the Seasonal Worker Program) or for longer-term roles between one and three years (under the Pacific Labour Scheme) in unskilled, low-skilled and semi-skilled positions.

The PALM scheme helps to fill labour gaps in rural and regional Australia by offering employers access to a pool of reliable, productive workers. It also allows Pacific and Timor-Leste workers to take up jobs in Australia, develop their skills and send wages home to support their families and communities.

Approved Employers who have previously accessed the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) or Seasonal Worker Program (SWP) are eligible to apply for workers.

Agriculture businesses that are not registered Approved Employers under the PLS or SWP are able to access workers through arrangements with labour hire firms that are registered Approved Employers.

For more information on how to become a registered Approved Employer and access workers from the Pacific and Timor-Leste, visit the PALM website or the Approved Employers of Australia (AEA).

Register and list jobs on the Jobs Victoria online hub

The Victorian Government’s job-matching site, the Jobs Victoria online hub, matches jobseekers to the needs of agriculture businesses. If you are a farmer or other employer in the agriculture sector, register your workforce needs now on the Jobs Victoria online hub.

Jobs Victoria matches employers with jobseekers who are ready to work. Watch the demonstration video to learn how to use the online hub and find out how it supports seasonal workforce employers.

Register and list your seasonal workforce jobs.

Page last updated: 29 Mar 2022