Fiji Joins the Pacific Labour Scheme

Video credit: Senator Marise Payne’s Facebook page


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.

Photo credit: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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. 

Photo credit: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


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. 

Photo credit: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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.

Photo credit: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The other 9 countries that are already part of the Pacific Labour Scheme are:

  1. Papua New Guinea
  2. Solomon Islands
  3. Vanuatu
  4. Tonga
  5. Samoa
  6. Tuvalu
  7. Kiribati
  8. Nauru
  9. Timor-Leste


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.

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