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Are there only winners? Labour mobility for sustainable development in the Pacific

Yvonne Underhill-Sem, Evelyn Marsters, Richard Bedford, Vijay Naidu and Ward Friesen

New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research, 2019

The aim of this study is to provide a critical analysis of research and policy tools used for managing Pacific seasonal labour mobility and to assess the effects of specific policy initiatives within specific economic sectors, and countries, that are affected by labour mobility schemes. The study proposes a new framework for labour mobility—a “quadruple win-loss” (rather than “triple win”) that underpins most of the policy commentary. Read more …

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Strengthening Pacific Partnership and Vakameasina evaluation

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09/2016

This evaluation sought to draw out key lessons learned from the implementation of two Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) funded programmes that support the New Zealand Government's Recognised...

This evaluation sought to draw out key lessons learned from the implementation of two Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) funded programmes that support the New Zealand Government's Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Policy targetting Pacific workers: the Strengthening Pacific Partnerships (SPP) programme implemented by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the RSE Worker Training Initiative (known as Vakameasina) implemented by Fruition Horticulture.

Final evaluation report of the Recognised Seasonal Employer Policy

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This report describes and assesses the first two seasons of the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Policy (1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008 and 1 April 2008 to 31 March...

This report describes and assesses the first two seasons of the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Policy (1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008 and 1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009). The report examines how the policy was implemented, identifies short-term outcomes, and assesses how potential risks were managed.

Victorian inquiry into the labour hire industry and insecure work

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08/2016

This report presents the information obtained from participants in the Inquiry into the labour hire industry and insecure work, through written submissions and evidence given in both public and closed...

This report presents the information obtained from participants in the Inquiry into the labour hire industry and insecure work, through written submissions and evidence given in both public and closed hearings around Victoria. There was a high level of public interest in the Inquiry, and engagement by a broad range of stakeholders. These included labour hire agencies and other employers, employer/industry associations, individual workers, trade unions and union peak bodies, community groups, academics and other participants. The Inquiry received 695 primary written submissions, comprising 91 from organisations and 604 from individuals. The Inquiry also heard from a total of 221 individual witnesses during 113 hearing sessions, over 17 days of hearings held from November 2015 to March 2016.

The Remittance Pilot Project: The economic benefits of the Recognised Seasonal Employer work policy and its role in assisting development in Samoa and Tonga

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The RSE Remittance Pilot Project was launched in July 2014 with an initial focus on Samoa and Tonga. The primary objective was to collect information on individual earnings and remittance...

The RSE Remittance Pilot Project was launched in July 2014 with an initial focus on Samoa and Tonga. The primary objective was to collect information on individual earnings and remittance transfers from 640 Hawke’s Bay-based Samoan and Tongan RSE workers during the 2014/15 horticulture season. Accurate information about individual remittances is not readily available from other sources, and the results from the pilot study will assist policy makers, researchers and evaluators to better appreciate the economic impact of the RSE, and its role in assisting development in the Pacific.

Seasonal change: Inquiry into the Seasonal Worker Programme

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05/2016

The Seasonal Worker Programme is extremely important to both the developing nations of the Pacific islands and Timor Leste as well as the Australian horticulture industry. It assists these nations...

The Seasonal Worker Programme is extremely important to both the developing nations of the Pacific islands and Timor Leste as well as the Australian horticulture industry. It assists these nations by providing valuable employment opportunities, economic development through remittances and new skills and training for seasonal workers. It also supports the Australian horticulture industry by filling a significant industry labour shortage with hard working, reliable, and productive employees. 2,801 Seasonal Worker Programme places were taken up between 1 July 2014 to 31 May 2015 with over half of the participants having returned.

Sustainable solutions: The future of labour supply in the Australian vegetable industry

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02/2017

This report seeks to future-proof the Australian vegetable industry from labour supply challenges — an industry of critical importance to Australia’s economic development and food security. The vegetable industry forms...

This report seeks to future-proof the Australian vegetable industry from labour supply challenges — an industry of critical importance to Australia’s economic development and food security. The vegetable industry forms a central part of Australian horticulture, with farms producing 93% of the total volume of food consumed and is part of an agriculture industry contributing $48.7 billion to GDP. It also supports an agricultural export market valued at $2.1 billion per annum.