Governance of the Seasonal Worker Programme in Australia and sending countries

By Richard Curtain and Stephen Howes

December 2020

While research has demonstrated the benefits of the SWP for both workers and farmers,less is known about how the program is governed, especially in sending countries, and about the determinants of national participation. This report analyses these issues, and recommends ways to improve SWP governance, both in Australia and in the sending countries, with the objective of promoting the sustainable growth of seasonal labour mobility from the Pacific into Australia. It is the culmination of years of research, including fieldwork undertaken over six years in 11 countries.

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Curtain, C. & Howes, S. 2020, ‘Governance of the Seasonal Worker Programme in Australia and sending countries’, Report, Development Policy Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University.

Karen Downing

Karen Downing is Research Communications Coordinator at the Development Policy Centre.