Government of Timor-Leste


Direccao Nacional Emprego Exterior

Australian Labour Mobility Suspension Communication Plan | for SEFOPE

Objective: Workers, public and TL institutions understand about Australian Labour Mobility suspension

Key Messages:

  • Due to the COVID-19 virus, Australia has closed its border to all non-Australians from Friday 20 March 2020- today
  • In response SEFOPE has suspended travel under the Australian Labour Mobility Programs, the Seasonal Worker Program and the Pacific Labour scheme from today Friday 20 March
  • This is a virus that is affecting the whole world and this decision by Australia affects all countries involved in labour mobility
  • To all workers waiting to be mobilized, you will not be travelling. We must wait until the Australian border opens. SEFOPE does not know when this will happen
  • As soon as SEFOPE receive official confirmation from Australian Government that the border is open, DNEE will contact all workers
  • Please watch the DNEE website on and SEFOPE Facebook page for updates.

LSU Enquiries, Information and Safety

  • In line with COVID- 19 advice, the LSU will not open to public until further notice
  • All enquiries will be online, use this email – and check the DNEE website
  • Please watch the DNEE website: and SEFOPE Facebook page for updates

For Workers in Australia

  • You will complete your work as normal, and return home through normal Timor-Leste border and customs processes
  • Stay calm, please follow the rules around COVID-19 in Australia and stay safe
  • If anything changes SEFOPE will provide information through their employers, through the DNEE website:
  • If workers have questions, contact the Labour sending unit via email –  or “Live Chat” at the DNEE Website
  • There is only two official channels of communication on developments: SEFOPE and the employers. Do not panic and listen to information from other sources.