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Tonga's Seasonal Workers Scheme in Australia, a success

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21 September 2011

The Ministry of Labour, Commerce & Industries is pleased to inform that Tonga's participation in the Pacific Seasonal Workers Pilot Scheme (PSWPS) with Australia has been a significant success.

The MOU was signed with Australia in late 2008 and the scheme commenced in early 2009. Since its commencement 561 seasonal workers have been recruited under the scheme. Of this total, 505 workers have been recruited from Tonga making us the lead source country and major contributor to the success of the pilot scheme. There is an opportunity for Tonga to further cement our position as lead sending country by maximizing numbers in the remaining approximately 1,900 visas that are still available under the pilot scheme.

Recently, the Australian Government has invited Nauru, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu to join the four (4) pilot countries; Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Tuvalu.

The Ministry continues to work with the key stakeholders in the pilot scheme to ensure optimal results and urges selected Tongan seasonal workers to uphold our prevailing reputation through hard work and compliance with the relevant Regulations and principles of the PSWPS. Only through these would optimal results for Tonga be achieved.

ENDS

Issued by the: Ministry of Labour, Commerce and Industries, Nuku'alofa, 19 September 2011.

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