THE SECOND BATCH of workers from Papua New Guinea has left for Australia for seasonal work under the seasonal workers pilot scheme.
PNG’s Seasonal Workers Coordination Office – working through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Department of Labor and Industrial Relations - in collaboration with the Australian government announced this after the return of the first nine seasonal workers from Australia.
The second batch comprises six men and six women. They have been assigned to Ironbark Citrus Farm in Queensland and left after undergoing three weeks of intensive training and preparation.
PNG Seasonal Workers Task Force chairman, Alexis Maino, said, based on the performance of the 12 seasonal workers, PNG will secure more places for seasonal workers in Australia.
Mr Maino said the Seasonal Workers Coordination Office is committed to the facilitation of the scheme and ensuring that ordinary under-skilled and under-employed men and women benefit from employment opportunities on farms in Australia and New Zealand.
Another group of 20 seasonal workers is currently being assembled for orientation, and training prior to their departure for Coffs Harbour in NSW at the end of this month.
Source: NBC News, 28 October