Property owner to appeal emergency order after 40 fruit pickers from Vanuatu found living in one Tasmanian house

About 40 fruit pickers from Vanuatu were found living in a “cramped, hot and crowded” dwelling in north-west Tasmania where the fire safety risk was “obvious”.  The kitchen had only one working burner, and some

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Pacific job market shows resilience amidst challenges, ILO report shows

The International Labour Organisation (ILO), reports ongoing challenges within the Pacific job market, despite resilient growth. The Pacific Tripartite High-Level Dialogue on Decent Work and the 2050 Strategy for the

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Opinion: The falling demand of seasonal workers

Evidence over nine months to the end of February 2024 shows a declining demand for Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme seasonal workers — those who used to be under the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP),

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Opinion: How to enter the Pacific Engagement Visa ballot

Australia is about to launch a new visa that will for the first time create a Pacific quota in Australia’s permanent migration regime. 3,000 visas will be issued every year for the Pacific Islands and Timor-Leste.

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Opinion: New data to inform big decisions around Pacific labour mobility

There has been much discussion about how the rapidly expanding labour mobility programmes in Australia and New Zealand have affected lives in the Pacific. Many have pointed to the significant economic benefits to

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Opinion: NZ wants more seasonal workers – but Pacific nations no longer want to be the ‘outposts’ that ‘grow’ them

The three party leaders currently negotiating to form New Zealand’s next government might have their differences, but they seem to agree on one thing: the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme needs to expand. New

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Labour mobility a ‘double-edged word’: Samoa Chamber of Commerce President Seulupe

Samoa’s private sector members are still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and are unable to take on the added expense of a minimum wage increase while navigating multiple challenges.   That is the view of

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Fijian aged care worker awarded 2023 HealthX carer of the year

Fijian aged care worker, Tupou Dilagi Naikidi (Dee), has been awarded the HealthX Carer of the Year Award for 2023. Dee is one of many Fijians recruited by the HealthX group under the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility

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Opinion: Pacific labour mobility over the last year: continued growth

Following the reopening of borders across the Pacific region in mid-2022 in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a quick recovery in temporary labour migration flows to Australia and New Zealand. A

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Pacific workers in Tasmania, Queensland in limbo as large employer quits PALM scheme

More than 200 Pacific workers have been left in limbo after their employer Linx Employment agreed to end its participation in the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme amid worker treatment investigations. The

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Tasmanian fruit pickers rescued from Samoa, Vanuatu and PNG alleged “modern slavery”

Tasmanian fruit pickers have been rescued from a company that has been treating them as ‘modern slaves’, unions say. The Australian federal government has revoked the business license of Linx Employment, leading to

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Values, flexibility and digitisation

Global HR trends and the Pacific Global trends in human resources and recruitment include a greater focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts, recruiting for skills and adaptability (not just formal

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