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4 Fijians Leave For Australia

The first Fijians to participate in Australia’s Seasonal Worker Programme will depart for Australia next Tuesday, May 19. Fiji’s involvement in the Programme has got off to a promising start.
15 May 2015 08:19
4 Fijians Leave For Australia
From left: Kameli Cakau, Isimeli Koroi, first secretary Australian High Commission James O’Brien, director National Employment Centre Viliame Cagilaba, Vilivo Cakau and Iniasi Toganivalu. Photo: DFAT Suva

The first Fijians to participate in Australia’s Seasonal Worker Programme will depart for Australia next Tuesday, May 19.

Fiji’s involvement in the Programme has got off to a promising start. This first recruitment came only days after the signing of a memorandum of understanding in Suva between Jioji Konrote, Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, and Australia’s parliamentary secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Steven Ciobo.

The four seasonal workers have been recruited by the approved employer ‘Plant Grow Pick’ and will be placed in Emerald, Queensland, cultivating and harvesting table grapes. An Australian Department of Employment official travelled to Suva to help officials in Fiji’s Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations to deliver a comprehensive pre-deployment briefing to these first Fijian Seasonal Workers.

“In addition to the horticulture industry, the Seasonal Worker Programme is also being trialled in the accommodation, aquaculture, cotton and cane sectors,” Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement announcing the Fiji-Australia MOU signing last month.

“I am confident Fiji will be a valuable partner under this programme as we continue to strengthen our relationship,” Minister Bishop added.

Fiji joins nine other countries currently participating in the Seasonal Worker Programme.

Background:

Fiji joined the Seasonal Worker Programme on April 2, 2015. The Seasonal Worker Programme contributes to economic development in participating countries and helps Australian employers unable to find enough seasonal labour to meet demand.

The four workers were selected by Australian employers from a work-ready pool managed by the Fijian Government’s Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations.

Fijian citizens seeking to participate in the Seasonal Worker Program should contact the Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations (www.labour.gov.fj).

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