The scheme was announced by the Australian government last September.
Through the Programme, approved employers who cannot fill positions from the Australian labour market are provided avenues through which they can recruit workers from the small island states of Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu for three-year placements.
Businesses on Hayman and Hamilton Islands currently employ 54 i-Kiribati workers in hospitality roles. These workers provide much-needed skills to keep Australian businesses running following the devastating effects of Cyclone Debbie.
Workers also benefit from the opportunity to enhance their skills while in Australia. Thirteen i-Kiribati workers recently completed a Certificate III in Hospitality through an intensive on-the-job training programme, providing workers with an internationally recognised qualification.
The new Pacific Labour Scheme is part of Australia’s efforts to step up its engagement in the Pacific.
Labour mobility is an integral part of Australia’s efforts to promote greater economic cooperation and integration with the Pacific.