If you would like to be a seasonal worker in the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme or the Australian Seasonal Worker scheme, you will need to complete the Ministry of Internal Affairs Overseas Seasonal Employment Application Form. Please read the Guidelines carefully which will help you with completing the Form correctly.
You can download and print this Application Form from this website, or collect it from the Ministry of Internal Affairs office in your island group.
You must complete Section One of the Application Form and attach with your application a passport sized photograph and photocopies of the following documents (not originals):
You must then take your Application Form together with any attachments to your Town Officer and/or District Officer who will complete Section Two of the application form.
In this section, they will be asked to provide their honest assessment of you according to the Ministry of Internal Affair’s Selection Criteria for Seasonal Workers, and verify information previously provided by you in Section One. Your Town Officer and/or District Officer will then return the completed Application (including Section One, Section Two and attachments) directly to the Ministry of Internal Affairs main office on your behalf.
New Zealand with the Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme and Australia with the Seasonal Worker Programme.
As a seasonal worker in the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme or Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) you may be asked to do the following work:
Horticulture: Prepare land, plant, prune, cultivate, harvest and pack fruit and vegetables
Viticulture: Prepare land, plant, prune, grow and treat wine vines, and pick and harvest wine grapes.
If you are in SWP, you may also be employed in other industries apart from horticulture and viticulture, such as cane, cotton, aquaculture and accommodation and will be doing other kinds of work.
It depends on your employment contract with your RSE or SWP employer. This can vary from four to six months.
This is determined by your employment terms and conditions with your RSE or SWP employer. You will be paid at least the current minimum wage of New Zealand and Australia.
Under the RSE scheme, the employer will pay for half of your return international airfare. Under the SWP scheme, the employer will pay for the first $500 of your return international airfare. Most RSE and SWP employers will organise and pay for your international airfare upfront, and you will then repay your portion of the airfare over time through deductions from your weekly pay.
If you would like to participate in RSE or SWP, you must first meet the following eligibility requirements:
Character Requirements – Police Record
Character Requirements – Visa Issues
Support from family members
Endorsement by town officers and/or district officers
Those not meeting the above eligibility requirements cannot participate in RSE or SWP and will not be registered in the Work Ready Pool.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs regards the selection of suitable workers to participate in overseas seasonal employment programs, including Australia’s Seasonal Worker Program and New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme, as a high priority. It is important that Tongan workers who are selected by the Ministry of Internal Affairs to participate in these overseas employment programs will promote and maintain Tonga’s overseas reputation as a source of reliable, skilled and productive seasonal labour.
In addition to the minimum eligibility requirements, you must satisfy the following Ministry of Internal Affairs Selection Criteria:
These Selection Criteria will be used by your Town and District Officer to assess you on your suitability for overseas seasonal work such as RSE and SWP in Section Two of the Overseas Seasonal Employment Application Form.
These Selection Criteria will also be used during your interview by the Ministry of Internal Affairs Selection Panel which is the third and final stage of the Selection Process. If you meet all the Ministry of Internal Affairs Selection Criteria as well as any Selection Criteria specified by the employer, we will provide your worker profile to the RSE or SWP employer who will make the final decision on your selection.
The Work Ready Pool (WRP) is a pool where all profiles of applicants whose application is successful and has been endorsed are kept for selection by famers/employers.
The Employment Division will contact you by phone or mobile to invite you to come for an interview if you have been successful in Part 1 and 2 of the Selection Process. You will be asked some questions and the MIA Selection Panel will consider if you meet the MIA Selection Criteria as well as any further Selection Criteria specified by the employer. If you are successful, we will provide your worker profile to the RSE or SWP employer who will make the final decision on your selection.
Every successful applicant that has been selected by the employer/farmer will be contacted by phone/mobile to inform him/her of their selection. For updates, we advise applicants to contact the MIA office in your island group to get updates on their application.
Please refer the Ministry of Internal Affairs Selection Policy
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