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45 women for Australian work program

Women make up 50% of Fijians participating in the Australian Seasonal Work Program. The women are part of a group of 90 expected to have departed by the end of September. Total workers under the Australian Seasonal Work Program so far is 94. The workers have been recruited by Australian employer, Plant Grow Pick Ltd They will […]

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September 22, 2015 12:38 am

Women make up 50% of Fijians participating in the Australian Seasonal Work Program.

  • The women are part of a group of 90 expected to have departed by the end of September.
  • Total workers under the Australian Seasonal Work Program so far is 94.
  • The workers have been recruited by Australian employer, Plant Grow Pick Ltd
  • They will be working on different farms in the Emerald (Queensland) and Euston (New South Wales) regions of Australia.

Minister for Employment Jioji Konrote said the Ministry continued to work with employers to promote gender equality and inclusivity when considering recruiting.

Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, Margaret Twomey commended this as a positive development:

With half of this group of workers bound for Australia being women, this is a reflection of the shared commitment that both our governments have toward women’s economic empowerment.

Fiji’s involvement in the Program began with the April 2015 signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in Suva.

The Australian Department of Employment has been assisting Fiji’s Ministry of Employment to manage Fiji’s involvement in the Seasonal Worker Program.

Australia recently announced an expansion of the Seasonal Worker Program, remove the cap on the number of workers who can participate.   Employment categories were expanded beyond the horticulture industry to include agriculture and accommodation industries.

The Australian Government has plans to commence a trial of seasonal labour mobility arrangements with the Northern Australian tourism industry as well.

Fiji is one of 10 countries currently participating in the Seasonal Worker Programme.

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