At last there's a firm decision about Fiji young people able to work in Australia and New Zealand short-term. The farmers certainly want Pacific Islanders in the fruit industry along the Murray River and other places. A good move. However what about the 55 year olds who became unemployed in Fiji because they had to retire. Some of them are still fit enough to work, but it seems they are not part of this scheme.
'Seasonal workers scheme to start in Jan' October 27, 2014 03:31:06 PMA+ A-||| 0 inShare Follow @ Twitter The seasonal workers' program with Australia and New Zealand for locals is set to start early next year, as preparatory work on the Work and Holiday Visa with the Australian Government continues. Speaking to FijiLive, Ratu Inoke said the seasonal workers scheme has been agreed to by Australia and New Zealand, and begins from January next year. But, as for the Work and Holiday Visa, Ratu Inoke said Fiji is still working on how to reciprocate the programme for the benefit of Australian youths. The visa programme allows Fijian youths between the ages of 18 and 30 to work and study while on an extended holiday of up to 12 months in Australia. In his visit to Fiji in April this year, Australian Senator Brett Mason had said the go-ahead of the programme would depend on whether the Fijian Govt can offer the same arrangement for Australian youths. "That is still under discussion between Fiji and Australia," Ratu Inoke said. "We need to tidy up a few things. It is reciprocal and we are still working on ours."
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