Simfresh

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

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Retati Tekaai on Hayman Island

Retati plans to start an event-planning business when she returns to Kiribati

Retati from Kiribati works on Hayman Island under the Pacific Labour Scheme. She regularly sends money home to her family and is planning to start her own business when she returns home. Since starting work on Hayman Island, Retati’s skills have been recognised through her promotion to front-of-house in the workers’ accommodation.

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Bolton Clarke Pioneers Residential Aged Care

Finding workers with the right skills who genuinely care for older people

The Bolton Clarke organisation joined the Pacific Labour Scheme in 2017 and now employs 12 workers from Kiribati. Like many aged-care providers in regional Australia, Bolton Clarke struggled to fill personal carer and support roles with local labour. Bolton Clarke has employed 12 workers from Kiribati to work as personal carers and support staff in Longreach and Bowen in Queensland.

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Angelica Fisheries

How recruiting workers from the Pacific saved this fishing business

Angelica Fisheries on the New South Wales south coast joined the Pacific Labour Scheme in 2018. The business had struggled to find local labour and now employs three workers from Tuvalu. One of the owners, Steve Basile, says being able to access workers from Pacific island countries saved the business.

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