Employment

Body mass index review for seasonal workers selection criteria

The Body Mass Index (BMI) under the seasonal workers scheme has been reviewed to allow more overseas employment opportunities. This was revealed by the Minister of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Semi Koroilavesau. He said complaints were received under the Australian Seasonal Worker Programme and the follow-up ministerial visit proved that there was a need for a […]

Serelisoni Moceica

August 12, 2016 2:16 pm

The Body Mass Index (BMI) under the seasonal workers scheme has been reviewed to allow more overseas employment opportunities.

The Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Hon. Semi Koroilavesau (Peni Shute/Newswire)
The Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Hon. Semi Koroilavesau (Peni Shute/Newswire)

This was revealed by the Minister of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Semi Koroilavesau.

He said complaints were received under the Australian Seasonal Worker Programme and the follow-up ministerial visit proved that there was a need for a review of the seasonal work recruitment selection criteria.

KOROILAVESAU: “The two major issues that have been reviewed were the increase of the Body Mass Index (BMI) from 29 to 33 and the focus to recruit from isolated rural areas.”

The minister said apart from opening up more work opportunities, the 33 BMI also meet employer requirements.

He said Government needs dedicated seasonal workers with a clear focus under the seasonal work scheme and programme for both Australia and New Zealand.

KOROILAVESAU: “It also ensures that the vanua/tikina and the community are responsible and accountable for their representatives selected.”

The minister added that a major challenge witnessed in the initial selection criteria is the selection of workers that did not have any skills and experiences in agricultural farming work.

KOROILAVESAU: “Dedicated workers with a clear focus are the ones who will open up doors for more employment opportunities and also ensures the best retention rate of Fijian seasonal workers.”

The minister is currently holding consultation talks in the Northern division and meets Taveuni representatives this afternoon.

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