Perspectives on the future of the harvest labour force

Perspectives on the future of the harvest labour force

18 October 2006

© Commonwealth of Australia 2006
ISBN 0 642 71719 2

View the report as a single document - (PDF 293KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of the Committee (PDF 23KB)
Preface (PDF 25KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 53KB)

The horticulture industry
Current arrangements in relation to foreign labour
Current debate in regard to temporary foreign labour
More than a labour market issue

Chapter 2 - The question of labour shortages in horticulture (PDF 108KB)

Seasonal work: a profile
Characteristics of the horticultural industry
Characteristics of the current seasonal
Is there currently a labour shortage?
Attracting unemployed and indigenous workers
Summary of the evidence

Chapter 3 - Labour from the South Pacific (PDF 54KB)

Introduction to Australia in the South Pacific region
The WTO angle
Our relationship with Pacific states on labour migration

Chapter 4 - Practicalities of a seasonal contract labour scheme (PDF 43KB)

Serving national and regional interests
Regulation of a seasonal labour scheme
Recruitment and labour management
Pay and working conditions
Visa compliance
Transport, insurance and other matters
Community relations

Senator Barnett's supplementary comments (PDF 23KB)
Appendix 1 - List of Submissions (PDF 12KB)
Appendix 2 - Hearings and Witnesses (PDF 19KB)
Appendix 3 - The Canadian program for foreign agricultural labour (PDF 15KB)
Appendix 4 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) (PDF 11KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3521
Fax: +61 2 6277 5706