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This detailed industry assessment of Australia’s food product manufacturing sector has identified no major near-term opportunity for the Pacific Labour Facility to supply migrant labour from the Pacific into this sector. Small-scale opportunities…

May 2021

The Pacific islands have weak economic growth and limited structural change compared to the rest of developing Asia. Remoteness and low economic density are two causes. To mitigate these constraints, bilateral arrangements with Australia and New…

March 2021

The detailed industry assessment on aquaculture concluded that “the industry is on a solid growth trajectory and faces a structural labour supply gap that is addressable by Pacific migrant workers without otherwise disrupting the Australian…

March 2021

This assessment of Australian aquaculture has found that the industry is on a solid growth trajectory but faces a structural labour supply gap addressable by Pacific migrant workers without otherwise disrupting the Australian labour market.…

February 2021

This detailed industry assessment of the Australian disability support services sector has confirmed that the sector suffers from a significant shortage of required labour…

January 2021

The Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) and the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) are circular labour mobility initiatives that give employment opportunities for workers from Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste while assisting Australian employers to…

There is a long history of migration in the Pacific Islands region. In the past, migration flows have consisted mostly of permanent migration to the Pacific Rim, which created large Pacific diasporas mostly in New Zealand, the United States, and…

November 2019

The purpose of the RSE Survey is to monitor how well the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Scheme is meeting the needs of New Zealand’s horticulture and viticulture growers. The 2019 survey continues an established time series dating back to…

This article looks at the ways in which seasonal migration affects the social lives of migrants from Tonga and Vanuatu, in their households and communities. It explores the various barriers that women face as a result of this scheme, highlighting…

March 2019

This report draws upon existing literature to identify research gaps and directions in PLM to and from Australia and New Zealand. In so doing, it highlights academic contributions to PLM research, which have been overlooked in many of the larger…

July 2019

Since the commencement of the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus negotiations in 2009, the Pacific Forum Island Countries have maintained that their main gain from this Free Trade Agreement is in labour mobility. Free Trade…

December 2017

Over the last decade, research and policy reviews have analysed different aspects of international labour mobility schemes between Pacific countries and New Zealand and Australia. This systematic literature review (SLR) takes stock of these…

January 2017

This paper reviews the development of 2 managed circular migration schemes targeting Pacific labour that emerged following the UN High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development in 2006.

Authors: Richard Bedford,…

Jan 2017

Households and communities in the Pacific islands are increasingly likely to have some of their most productive members regularly absent due to growing opportunities for seasonal work abroad. If these absences are costly for the family left…

October 2009

This paper discusses best practices in temporary labour migration programs in the Asia Pacific region in each stage of the migration process – recruitment and selection, predeparture preparation, at the destination, and upon return. In addition,…

March 2009