Simfresh

How COVID-19 has seen this group of ni-Vanuatu workers move from tourism to citrus farming

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Ulandra

How this group of Tongan workers has found a home away from home on a Queensland banana plantation

Kesaia Helu, Valeti Kolo and Viliami Kolo are still enjoying their time and earning an income picking and packing fruit in Australia thanks to a supportive employer and their workmates.

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Regional Workforce Management

These Fijian meat workers are staying safe and supporting their families back home

When this group of 12 Fijian meatworkers arrived in Australia in January, they quickly settled into their new jobs and made connections in their local community. Neighbours gave them furniture and a TV, and they started playing footy at the local rugby club. Then in March, coronavirus hit.

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Bolton Clarke

These former tourism workers are helping fill labour gaps in the aged care sector during the COVID-19 outbreak

When these three i-Kiribati tourism industry workers were stood down a couple of months ago, the Pacific Labour Facility supported their relocation, provided accommodation and food vouchers, and helped them find new roles in the aged care sector.

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Midfield Group

How PLS worker Hana Silva from Timor-Leste is adapting to COVID-19 and supporting her community back home

In March 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak escalated into a global pandemic. Like many other Pacific labour mobility workers, Hana Silva from Timor-Leste had to quickly adapt to the new measures.

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Simfresh

Picking citrus and keeping their distance: Horticulture during the time of COVID-19

When coronavirus restrictions began, Simfresh—which produces almost 2m boxes of citrus annually from farms in NSW and Queensland—was “already ahead of the game” in helping its workers stay healthy and happy during the pandemic, operations manager Luke Cini says.

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