Seasonal Worker Programme

The Seasonal Worker Programme provides PNG citizens with the opportunity to work in Australia for up to nine months in a 12 month period. Workers can return year after year to the same employer if they perform well and are invited back.


Workers are employed in low- or semi-skilled jobs in agriculture, horticulture, tourism and hospitality in rural and regional Australia. This includes some capital cities, including Adelaide, Darwin and Hobart.

PNG sends agriculture workers to jobs around Australia, from fruit picking to market vegetables and berries. We have workers in the fields and in packing rooms.


Both women and men participate, and we have a Women in Agriculture program that has helped increase female participation.


Watch a video about the Women in Agriculture program here:

All PNG workers must meet the following criteria to be selected for work overseas:

  • be living and working in a participating district or province

  • be between 21 and 40 years of age when they apply for work

  • be fit and healthy, and able to pass a rigorous fitness test including blood pressure tests and chest x-rays, and have evidence of polio vaccination

  • have good spoken english; good written english is required for some roles

  • be willing to work hard for up to 12 hours a day, which will be set out in their conditions of employment

    • we give preference to those actively working in their industry e.g. agriculture or tourism​

  • pass a police check

  • be of good character and have no drinking, buai or other behavioural concerns

  • have a can-do attitude and will do what it takes to get the job done

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