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Australian labour market analyses – Prioritisation of industries and regions

PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting

PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting (Australia) Pty Limited was engaged by the Pacific Labour Facility (PLF) to undertake an assessment of the Australian labour market. This is the first assessment of its kind and aims to identify industries and regions that are likely to have a high growth in demand for low-skilled or semi-skilled labour and are therefore suitable for engagement by the PLF. Read more …

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Timor Seasonal Worker Programme synopsis of tracer study results

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12/2016

Since joining the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) in 2012, 150 Papua New Guinean (PNG) workers, including 24 women, have participated in seasonal horticultural work in Australia. This is the first...

Since joining the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) in 2012, 150 Papua New Guinean (PNG) workers, including 24 women, have participated in seasonal horticultural work in Australia. This is the first research into the experiences of PNG SWP workers in Australia and the development impacts from their participation.

Maximising the development impacts from temporary migration recommendations for Australia’s Seasonal Worker Programme

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10/2017

The Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) was formally introduced in 2012 following a four-year pilot scheme. The SWP maintains the dual objectives of: (i) contributing to the economic development of nine...

The Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) was formally introduced in 2012 following a four-year pilot scheme. The SWP maintains the dual objectives of: (i) contributing to the economic development of nine participating Pacific island countries and Timor-Leste; and (ii) filling labor shortages in the Australian agriculture, accommodation (in selected locations) and tourism sectors (the Northern Australia tourism pilot). This paper assesses the first of these objectives, evaluating the impact of the SWP on workers, their households, and communities. In doing so, it aims to build on the evidence already collected on the development impacts of the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme (Gibson and McKenzie 2011) and shed further light on how the program can be improved to increase the benefits flowing through to the Pacific region.

Home and away labour mobility report – Chapter 1

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Labour migration is on the rise worldwide notwithstanding stringent restrictions on international labour mobility that impose a far greater burden on the global economy than trade restrictions. In recognition, government...

Labour migration is on the rise worldwide notwithstanding stringent restrictions on international labour mobility that impose a far greater burden on the global economy than trade restrictions. In recognition, government policy on migration needs to explicitly incorporate the economic impact of migration to both host and sending nations, in addition to security and social issues that traditionally dominate such assessments. The purpose of this report is to enable a more meaningful discussion of the economic issues of migration in the Pacific context than has been possible to date.

Optimising development benefits from international labour migration in Tuvalu: Current status and recommended actions

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06/2015

This report discusses the current status and recommended actions for optimising development benefits from international labour migration in Tuvalu.

This report discusses the current status and recommended actions for optimising development benefits from international labour migration in Tuvalu.

The fruit of her labour: Promoting gender-equitable agribusiness in Papua New Guinea

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06/2014

The overall goal of this report is to assist the World Bank Group (WBG) to achieve greater impact for women from its current activities in agribusiness in Papua New Guinea...

The overall goal of this report is to assist the World Bank Group (WBG) to achieve greater impact for women from its current activities in agribusiness in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and to provide clear recommendations on additional interventions aimed at improving outcomes for women. The report focuses on the supply chains for coffee, cocoa, and horticultural products (fresh produce), as there is a wealth of knowledge on these supply chains and on gender issues, and these provide the best opportunity to identify entry points for follow-up activities. Given the importance of smallholders in PNG, and the need to understand gender dynamics in farming, this report pays particular attention to the roles and constraints faced by smallholders, without in so doing wishing to diminish the importance of the roles played by other actors in these supply chains.

Migration and labour mobility from Kiribati

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03/2017

The aim of this discussion paper is to provide a summary of past and present migration flows in light of the environmental and developmental challenges faced by Kiribati. In Kiribati,...

The aim of this discussion paper is to provide a summary of past and present migration flows in light of the environmental and developmental challenges faced by Kiribati. In Kiribati, “migration with dignity” is seen as a climate change adaptation strategy that has been promoted at the highest political level. Yet, in contrast to several other Pacific island countries, there is a lack of migration opportunities for I-Kiribati despite strong migration pressures. Few I-Kiribati have migrated and settled overseas. The National Labour Migration Policy which was adopted in 2015 and is being implemented aims to create an integrated strategy for all stages of the labour migration process. It is a step towards increasing labour migration opportunities and enhancing the benefits from overseas employment.