Timorese staff to fill gaps during WA tourist seasons

1 August 2013

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has welcomed today’s announcement by the Federal Government to open the Seasonal Worker Program (SWP) to all accommodation businesses in WA. The Seasonal Worker Program will enable staff from Timor to fill low-skilled vacancies during peak tourism seasons.

“The tourism industry congratulates the Federal Employment Minister Brendan O’Connor, and Federal Tourism Minister Gary Gray, for opening the Seasonal Worker Program to accommodation businesses across WA” said Mr Hall.

“Hotels, motels and resorts across WA have struggled with staff shortages during peak tourism seasons” said Mr Hall.

“Timorese staff working during peak seasons will help lift customer service standards during the busiest times in our tourism industry” said Mr Hall.

“Timorese workers have already done an outstanding job during a pilot program in Broome” said Mr Hall.

“Award winning resorts such as Cable Beach Club and Eco Beach have had a wonderful experience with Timorese staff on their team” said Mr Hall “and this will now be extended across all of WA.”

The Seasonal Worker Program will enable staff from Timor to work in hotels, motels and resorts across WA in peak tourism seasons such as:

  • Summer and school holidays in Margret River, Rottnest Island and the South West
  • Whale shark season at Ningaloo
  • Wildflower season across inland WA
  • Dry season in the Kimberley

Tourism Council WA have been long term advocates for the expanding the Seasonal Worker Program across Western Australia. The program has previously been focused on the NT and Northern Queensland.

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