Interstate and International Seasonal Workers

​​​​​​​​​​​Tasmanian agricultural businesses can source seasonal workers from some areas interstate.

This process depends on whether the workers have spent time in a low, medium or high-risk area before arriving. Visit Coming to Tasmania​ for the latest advice on travelling from interstate.​


Seasonal work​​​ers from low-risk areas

Workers who have only spent time in a low-risk area in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania can register to travel through the Tas e-Travel system, and will not be required to quarantine when they arrive.


Employers can complete this registration on behalf of the workers they are recruiting by filling in a Tas e-Travel bulk upload form:

  Tas e-Travel bulk upload template   (78Kb)

Email the completed form and nominate a contact person from the travel party (including their email and phone number) to your contact at DESE or DFAT to enable cross checking of visas.

Seasonal ​workers from medium-risk areas

​For workers who have spent time in a medium-risk area in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania, employers will need to apply under the current G2G seasonal worker exemption process. 

Please fill in the G2G Pass Bulk Upload Form:

  G2G Bulk Upload Form   (128Kb)​

An employer application check list has been developed to help ensure all information and supporting documents required are included for applications to be processed without delay.
 

  Seasonal Agricultural Workers - Employer Application Checklist   (90Kb)​

Email the completed form and information to your contact at DESE or DFAT to enable cross-checking of visas. ​For more information about this, please contact the FarmPoint on 1300 292 292 or farmpoint@dpipwe.tas.gov.au.

Seaso​​​​​nal workers ​​from high-risk areas​

Workers who have spent time in a high-risk area in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania will need to seek approval to enter the state before they arrive. The best way of doing this is to apply online for an individual G2G PASS. 

​If approved they will be required to quarantine in a government-designated accommodation facility for 14 days.

For more information please visit the Coronavirus website.


International seasonal workers​​

Tasmanian agricultural businesses who are Approved Employers under the Australian Government’s Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) and Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) can request permission from the Australian Government to source experienced seasonal workers from overseas locations to supplement the local workforce in critical harvest roles. 

Approved Employers must demonstrate that they have already attempted to recruit locally and have a critical need for more workers. 

If approved by the Australian Government, approval from Tasmania’s Deputy State Controller is also required. All international arrivals (other than from New Zealand) undertake 14 days mandatory quarantine in government-designated accommodation. 

The number of workers able to enter Tasmania will be subject to government quarantine capacity. 

Recruited workers may arrive in Australia from overseas and transit directly to Hobart via an interstate airport to complete 14 days in government-designated accommodation. For more information see the Tasmanian quarantine guidelines.

If you are not an Approved Employer, consider approaching a labour hire company that is an Approved Employer to recruit workers on your behalf.  
For more information and to make an application, contact FarmPoint on 1300 292 292 or farmpoint@dpipwe.tas.gov.au.

 

I’m an Approved Employer in Tasmania, how do I apply to bring in overseas workers?

It can take up to three months to get approvals, organise recruitment, complete predeparture health checks, visas and training, and mobilise flights.

  1. Contact FarmPoint on 1300 292 292 or farmpoint@dpipwe.tas.gov.au to discuss your proposal.
  2. Apply to the Australian Government via the Seasonal Worker Programme or the Pacific Labour Scheme.
  3. Apply to the Tasmanian Government via the International Seasonal Worker Application Form

Intern​a​​tional seasonal workers - Quarantine fee reimbursement

The Approved Employer (not the worker) will need to meet the costs of quarantine for each individual worker. 

Department of Communities Tasmania (DoC) will issue reimbursement invoices to each seasonal worker’s Approved Employer as specified through the International Seasonal Workers application process (see above). Approved Employers may be eligible for reimbursement from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) for any payments made to DoC under this arrangement.

To apply for reimbursement the Approved Employer must:​
  • ​send a correctly rendered tax invoice to Financial@dpipwe.tas.gov.au​ with Seasonal Worker Reimbursement clearly identified in the header. Each invoice may relate to one or more seasonal worker’s quarantine costs

  • each invoice must have nil GST (quarantine fees are exempt from GST)

  • the name of each seasonal worker, or each DoC invoice number, for which a reimbursement is being sought must be clearly identified on the invoice
  • additional information to support the claim may also be provided (optional).
DPIPWE will promptly assess and process payments for each invoice received which complies with the above requirements.
 
Through the process there may be a need to clarify or request further supporting documentation. DPIPWE can only process a reimbursement if the Approved Employer has made the corresponding payment to DoC. 

Please contact Alison Lonergan at Financial@dpipwe.tas.gov.au for any queries relating to the reimbursement process.
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