It's licensing time!
On behalf of the Vanuatu Government we would like to thank all active agents and approved employers who have recruited Ni-Vanuatu citizens to undertake seasonal work in Australia and New Zealand.
It's now December and time for agents and prospective agents to apply for licences to recruit under the two labour mobility programmes, namely the Recognized Seasonal Employers (RSE) in New Zealand and the Seasonal Workers Program (SWP) in Australia. An information package for new and renewing agents outlining the expectations of agents is also attached.
This year we are also requiring direct recruiters (approved employers from Australia and New Zealand) to formally register for a Permit to recruit seasonal workers.
Other changes include the following:
- there is a new application form
- the declarations have been strengthened primarily to ensure that all applicants are very aware that neither they nor any sub-agents (consultants, team leaders etc) may charge workers for the opportunity to work overseas on seasonal programs.
- all recruiters - agents and permit-holders must sign a Code of Conduct and ensure that workers have signed a Workers' Code of Conduct before leaving Vanuatu (we also have an English version available)
- we have included information about the Department of Labour's disciplinary policy.
I would like all applicants to carefully consider whether they meet the Vanuatu government's requirements of agents before applying for a licence.
Agent applications must be complete and received by the Department of Labour by 31 December 2019. Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted and considered.
Permit holders may also be required to reapply by 16 December but will be transitioned over 2020 to a regular December deadline.
Murielle Metsan Meltenoven
Commissioner of Labour