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Consultation Paper: Harvest Labour Services – Reforms to encourage Australian job seekers to take up seasonal work
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The HLS program links workers (i.e. both working holiday makers and Australian job seekers) with seasonal harvest jobs to meet seasonal peaks in employer demand in locations across Australia that do not have adequate local labour supply to meet this demand. Supporting the HLS is the NHLIS, which provides comprehensive, up-to-date information about harvest work opportunities, working conditions, transport and accommodation around Australia through the Harvest Trail website and Harvest Guide.
The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business (the department) has prepared a Consultation Paper, ‘Harvest Labour Services – Reforms to encourage Australian job seekers to take up seasonal work’. The Consultation Paper provides stakeholders with the opportunity to express their views on the future of HLS and how the Government can best support Australian job seekers to access seasonal work opportunities and assist growers to find suitable workers.
The consultation process is open to all stakeholders. Responses will not advantage or disadvantage prospective tenderers in any future competitive procurement processes for HLS and NHLIS. Any future prospective tenderers will not be evaluated based on any response to this market consultation.
The Consultation Paper, Consultation Paper Response Form (SmartForm), explanatory webinar and frequently asked questions are available in the department’s Employment Services Purchasing Information website (employment.gov.au/purchasing).
The revised frequently asked questions document with instructions to navigate the ABS map has now been published.
SUBMITTING YOUR RESPONSE TO THIS CONSULTATION PAPER
Submissions to the Consultation Paper can be lodged by completing the SmartForm and emailing it to the department’s Employment Services Purchasing Mailbox (firstname.lastname@example.org).