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Reforms to the Pacific Labour Scheme(PLS) & Seasonal Worker Programme(SWP) could bring in a range of benefits, according to vegetable industry body AUSVEG.

The reforms see the implementation of a website to allow employers to apply to join the program.

As well the reforms allow PLS workers to be recruited in more locations across regional Australia by reducing postcode restrictions to better align with the SWP, as well labour market testing will be increased to 12 months plus recruitment caps will be doubled.

AUSVEG CEO Michael Coote said the vegetable industry welcomed the announcement from the Federal Government, as these programs had been vital for growing businesses all over Australia to secure workers to harvest, pack and distribute crops.

Both the SWP and PLS have been widely used in the Riverland in a number of horticultural sectors.

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