Seasonal Worker Programme

Australia lifting Pacific work scheme numbers

The assistant minister for international development and the Pacific, Anne Ruston, said under Australia's pledge to step up its relationship with Pacific nations it recognised that labour mobility was a key issue for them.

This was reflected in the 40 percent annual growth of the seasonal worker scheme, while a new Pacific labour scheme would also bring in 2000 workers over the next year, she said.

President Waqa welcomes agreement with Australia for Nauru seasonal workers

“I’m very happy with that and I’m very excited. Thank you Australia for giving our people the opportunity to participate in the programme and learn new skills and bring back to Nauru, President Waqa said.

Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull signed an agreement with President Waqa and the leaders of Kiribati and Tuvalu on the sidelines of the Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting in Samoa last Friday.