2,000 seasonal workers by end of year: Gov’t

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Over 170 Solomon Islands men and women that traveled to Queensland this month to work under the Australian Seasonal Workers Programme and Labour Mobility Scheme. PHOTO AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSION OFFICE
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By EDDIE OSIFELO

GOVERNMENT expects to send 2000 workers to Australia under the Labour Mobility scheme by the end of this year.

Currently there are 533 workers in Australia and 291 in New Zealand.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Jeremiah Manele told Parliament on Tuesday that by end of this month they are looking at an additional 420 workers going to work in Australia.

He said beyond April to June, indicative numbers they have is around 632.

“This will bring the number to more than one thousand two hundred and forty-four workers (1244) by mid this year,” he said.

Manele said getting to 2000 workers by the end year is their goal and they see this as achievable given the growing number of workers entering the Australia market. 

He said the government is mindful of the decline in employment opportunities within the domestic market given the down turn of the economy.

“Seeking employment for our youths remains a priority of the government.

“Labour markets in Australia and New Zealand continue to provide jobs for growing number of our people,” he said.

“An average worker from Solomon Islands working in Australia earns around SBD50, 000 for a six to nine months’ contract under the Seasonal Workers Programme.

“This is a substantial amount that continue to improve the quality of lives of our workers and their families,” he said.

Further to that, Manele said the Labour Mobility programme with Australia and New Zealand were suspended during the course of 2020.

However, he said Australia opened up its labour market only in November, they were one of the first countries of the region to register its interests to participate in the programme.

Labour Mobility is part of the Government’s redirection policy.


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4 COMMENTS

  1. Hem good tumas,but if Government like helpem pipol blo hem,then duim lo good and fair ways,wantok system na biki lo ota offices ia,look for pipol blo ota seleva,umi everyone,single or married pipol like waka for helpem future blo umi and ota pikinini blo umi,so please nomoa try stopem na wantok systems ia bcos ota white pipol no save osem,that is why ota try for helpem umi(every provinces)not wanfala province nomoa dominate for go mekem nara community lo Australia and New Zealand.Umi everyone nomoa save waka,,,thank you and God bless Solomon’s pipol

  2. Thanks so much for the government of Australia to support our local people to improve their living. And please people who work in the office. Do it fairly for everyone as it was for beloved Solomon islands thank you

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