(Picture: Ms. Payne)
In its continued assistance to the pacific islands, the Australian Government will roll out the Pacific Labour Scheme to all pacific countries.
The Australian Foreign Minister Ms. Marise Payne made the announcement following the APEC Ministers’ Meeting in Port Moresby this week.
The minister said additional countries to the existing six will be the focus of the Australian government in rolling out the scheme and PNG is one of the pacific countries targeted for this scheme.
“We are also going to uncap the Pacific labour Scheme, it was previously capped. So we can maximize engagement,” she said.
“As we uncap that scheme, we’ll be able to build on the strong success of the seasonal workers program.”
Payne said it is a positive thing for the pacific in terms of economic returns when pacific workers take back the skills and knowledge they have acquired to their communities and help develop them.
The Foreign Minister added that the scheme will benefit all the parties involved.
“For Australia domestically, obviously it helps our farmers get the workers they need in the areas they need them in.”