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Seasonal Worker Programs (SWP)


Timor-Leste has entered into agreements with the Australian and South Korean seasonal worker programs. Under the South Korean Employment Permit Scheme (2009), Timor-Leste workers sent to South Korea are eligible to work in three areas: agriculture, manufacturing related industries, and fisheries. Timor-Leste, in partnership with Australia, is also part of the Seasonal Worker Programme (2012) and Pacific Labour Scheme (2019). Since joining the programme in 2012, almost 3,000 Timor-Leste workers have helped to fill labour shortages in rural and regional Australia while gaining skills and supporting their families back home.


  • Agriculture and food security
  • Education and vocational training
  • Labour migration

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