Kavieng, Namatanai pilot new standards for labour export to Aus

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The districts of Kavieng and Namatanai in the New Ireland Province are piloting a new approach to meet the industry requirements in Australia and New Zealand.

A training workshop for Labour mobility candidates, made up of 157 candidates from Namatanai and 53 from Kavieng was conducted in the Matallai LLG area. Supervised by the Minister for Forestry and Namatanai MP Hon. Walter Schnaubelt and consultant to the PNG Labour Mobility Unit, Ms Avalon Studt for preparation for work in Australia.

Treasurer Ian Ling-Stuckey said that this was the first round of work readiness training for 2021 and will continue as the program is rolled out around the country. The PNG Labour Mobility Unit had been working closely with districts and provinces to prepare candidates for jobs in Australia and New Zealand.

COVID-19 stopped PNG workers from accessing jobs in Australia and New Zealand, however the government has used that time to improve PNG’s systems in preparing PNG workers as well as processes involved in engaging them Australia and New Zealand’s workforce.

The candidates will go through a one week quarantine process which the districts are managing themselves before travelling out to Pom. Mr Ling-Stuckey said they will ensure all the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines are met to ensure a smooth transit in Pom to Australia when making all the mandatory checks.

Photo Credit: PNG Labour Mobility Unit

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