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​Increasing the size of WA’s hospitality and tourism workforce, and improving the skills of workers, is part of our strategy to grow the value of tourism to $12 billion by 2020.

​There are many workforce development programs available to industry. In addition, Tourism WA works with government and industry to sponsor the delivery of a number of training programs to build capacity and raise standards.


SkillSelect is an online service that helps Australia manage its skilled migration program. SkillSelect can help you easily identify and contact potential workers with the essential skills and attributes needed to fill skill shortages.

Using SkillSelect has a number of benefits for businesses, including the ability to reduce overseas advertising and recruitment costs, as well as helping address regional skill shortages.

For more information on SkillSelect visit the Department of Home Affairs website. The website also contains information for employers regarding hiring, sponsoring and nominating foreign workers, and visa options.

Seasonal Worker Program

West Australian employers unable to find enough local Australian workers to meet their seasonal labour needs may be able to recruit workers from Pacific Island countries and Timor–Leste as part of the Seasonal Worker Program (SWP) accommodation trial.

Seasonal workers can be employed in the accommodation sector in the following areas – bar attendants, baristas, food and beverage attendants/waiters, café workers, garden labourers, housekeepers, kitchen hands and public area cleaners.

Visit the Department of Employment website for more information.

Tourism Labour and Skills - Austrade

A range of information regarding training programs, resources, research and tools available to tourism businesses can also be found on Austrade's website.

Last Reviewed: 2018-11-27