Today, 182 Fijians departed the Nadi International Airport for Australia to start work under the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS).
These workers will take up positions in the agriculture industry across New South Wales.
The PLS helps address workforce shortages in rural and regional Australia, while providing opportunities for Fijian workers to gain experience, earn an income and send remittances home to support their families and communities.
Fijian workers are highly valued by Australians and their employers. Today’s flight, the single largest cohort of workers from any Pacific country to date, recognises the special relationship between Australia and Fiji.
Acting Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, Anna Dorney, said the Fijian PLS workers’ “efforts will be highly valued both in Fiji and in Australia” and wishes the workers “all the best of luck on your journey”.
The group that left today are in addition to the 172 Fijian PLS workers who departed on 25 November, 2020.