A remarkable occassion in our Fiji/Australia ‘Vuvale’ partnership occured on Friday 5th of April 2019 when Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and His Excellency Mr Luke Daunivalu, High Commissioner of Fiji, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Fiji to join Australia’s new Pacific Labour Scheme.
Fiji is now the 10th Pacific nation to join the labour mobility initiative, which provides an opportunity for Fijian workers to undertake non-seasonal work for a minimum of 12 months or up to 3 years in rural and regional Australia.
The scheme works well for both employers in Australia and employees from Fiji as it will help Australian businesses in rural and regional areas to address labour shortages, whilst providing a significant boost for our regional Pacific economies.
The focus sectors for the Pacific Labour Scheme are:
- accommodation and food services;
- health care and social assistance; and
- non-seasonal agriculture, forestry and fishing.
The Pacific Labour Scheme started back on 1 July 2018 under the Turnbull Government and was delivered by then Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP.
The scheme followed a successful pilot program in northern Australia and builds on the success of the Seasonal Worker Programme, which since 2012 have provided more than 33,000 seasonal jobs to workers from the Pacific and Timor-Leste.
The other 9 countries that are already part of the Pacific Labour Scheme are:
- Papua New Guinea
- Solomon Islands
If you are in Fiji and want to know more information about the Pacific Labour Scheme, please contact the Ministry of Employment, Industrial Relations and Productivity as they are working with recruiting agencies and potential employers in Australia. Click here for their website.
For other sources of information and to provide references for the information provided above, please visit the following websites:
- Annoucement by Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Marise Payne.
- Announcement by Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP regarding commencement of Pacific Labour Scheme.
- Pacific Labour Mobility.
- Frequently asked questions about the Pacific Labour Scheme.
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