The official evaluation of the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme: an opportunity missed

seasonal_workers“Midway through 2008 the Government announced a program that was set to usher in a new era of low skilled temporary migration: the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme. The program had two distinct objectives: to contribute to economic development in the Pacific, and to assist Australian employers in the horticulture industry.

The Government commissioned an evaluation of the Pilot, which was completed in September 2011. Unfortunately, it took until January this year for the evaluation to be released and even then it appears from the website it is found here [pdf] and was only made public due to a freedom of information request. This itself says something about how much the Government is (or rather isn’t) prepared to stand behind the scheme…” [read more].

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