Labour Mobility Assistance Program (LMAP)

Seasonal workers sort and grade oranges for packing

Cardno is providing access to Australian employment opportunities and skills that not only financially supports LMAP’s seasonal workers and their families, but also delivers broader community benefits when they return home.

Cardno is making a difference to the livelihoods of thousands of families across the Pacific and Timor-Leste through the successful delivery of LMAP – a AUD$7.7 million aid program funded by the Australian Government over three years and four months.  

Our team manages the Program’s delivery, including financial management, logistical and administrative support, and procurement administration. Working directly with countries participating in the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP), our people are enhancing access to work opportunities in the Australian agriculture and accommodation industries, where the local labour force cannot meet demand.  

In partnership with participating countries and Australian industry, Cardno is successfully:

  • driving demand for seasonal work placements within participating countries by supporting the development and implementation of tailored country plans, and in Australia, by building participating countries’ capacity to market their workers by facilitating partnerships with new industries 
  • helping create a quality seasonal workforce by building the capacity of the Labour Sending Units (LSUs) to effectively select, manage and prepare workers prior to their departure 
  • maximising positive local economic and development impacts by skilling participating countries to brief and reintegrate workers, and to support workers to use their savings and skills for productive activities  
  • encouraging a greater uptake of workers from the Pacific microstates, and higher participation of women, by reducing barriers and marketing women workers 
  • making evidence-based improvements to policies and programs, including through pilot activities, tracer studies of returned workers, and socio-economic impact case studies. 

For Australian employers, LMAP has helped stem a labour shortage by delivering a reliable supply of quality and returning seasonal workers. The number of SWP workers increased from 4,490 in 2015-16, to 6,166 in 2016-17 – an increase of 1,676 workers compared to a 1,313 increase recorded in 2015-16.  

Targeting our efforts in Pacific microstates is already reaping benefits, such as the dramatic annual growth in SWP numbers in Kiribati during 2016-17 of 520 per cent. Similarly, our work to boost recruitment of women in Kiribati and Timor-Leste has increased the number of women workers sent from 45 in 2015-16, to 138 in 2016-17, with groups now working in hospitality and the mushroom industry. 

For SWP workers, in addition to on-the-job learning, they also have the opportunity to participate in valuable basic training opportunities funded by the Australian Government through the add-on skills training program. Cardno is striving to ensure LMAP continues to deliver positive outcomes for all its participants.