Australia to extend labour link with Vanuatu

Australia and Vanuatu have agreed to deepen co-operation on labour mobility.

This will increase employment opportunities for Vanuatu's workers in Australia and help fill critical labour gaps in Australia's rural and regional areas.

It's one of the outcomes of today's meeting between the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Charlot Salwai and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull in Canberra.

In 2017, the number of Vanuatu workers in Australia reached 2,150, who brought in over Vt1 billion to the Vanuatu economy.

Vanuatu began sending workers under the Seasonal Worker Programme around 2009/2010.