DIAC to aid businesses and workers

THE Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) will visit the Scenic Rim and Southern Downs from July 25 to 28 to provide businesses and overseas workers with information on employer-sponsored visa options and the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme.

Queensland outreach officers will conduct free information sessions and will also be available for individual meetings with regional employers.

A department spokesperson said some businesses in regional communities can experience difficulty finding local skilled workers and may want to consider sponsoring suitably qualified employees from overseas.

“Our officers will be on hand to answer a range of questions about the skilled migration program, such as market salary rates, health insurance, training requirements and employer obligations,” the spokesperson said.

Information will also be presented on the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme, which can benefit fruit and vegetable growers.

“The Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme allows fruit and vegetable growers to gain access to a stable, motivated and trained labour force for the whole season. The same workers are also available the following season as trained, experienced workers.”

The outreach officers will also be able to discuss other visa and citizenship matters.

The Department’s regional visits program means people in communities outside of capital cities can talk directly with an immigration officer about any specific issues they might face.

Regional employers who are interested in sponsoring overseas workers or employing workers under the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme can make an appointment with a DIAC outreach officer by phoning 0467 709 206.

Warwick: Immigration outreach officers will be available for an appointment in Warwick on July 27 from 2-5pm at the Warwick Library, 49 Albion Street, Warwick, followed by an information session from 5.30-7pm.

Stanthorpe: Immigration outreach officers will be available for an appointment in Stanthorpe on July 28 from 2-5pm at the Stanthorpe Council Chambers, 61 Marsh Street, Stanthorpe, followed by an information session from 5.30-7pm.



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