Australia's Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme (PSWPS): development impacts in the first two years

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Author: Gibson, John; McKenzie, David


Australia launched the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme in August 2008. This program was designed to alleviate labor shortages for the Australian horticultural industry by providing opportunities for workers from Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, and Vanuatu to undertake seasonal work. This paper presents an analysis of the development impacts of this program in the first two years, and compares them to those from New Zealand's seasonal worker program in the same countries. The overall development impact of the scheme to date is small, since only 215 individuals participated in the...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Migration; Employment; Economics; Labour market

Keywords: Temporary employment; Labour mobility; Economic impact; Labour market program; Economic development

Geographic subjects: Australia; Kiribati; Papua New Guinea; Tonga; Vanuatu; New Zealand; Oceania

Published: Hamilton, New Zealand: University of Waikato, 2011

Physical description: 21 p.

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Related items: TD/TNC 130.174

The report 'Final evaluation of the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme' is available in VOCEDplus at TD/TNC 130.174.

Resource type: Report

Call number: TD/TNC 130.131

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