Industrial Relation Unit ( IR)

The utmost reasons why this unit is been established in the Department of Labour was to Work on maintaining a good relationship between employers and their staff in the workplace. Ensure terms and conditions of employment offers are decent.

Labour relations officers deal almost exclusively with unionized workplaces, so an individual who thrives in an environment that requires constant efforts to reach agreement and compromise might consider industrial Labour officers. This unit deals mainly with implementing Labour polices and make sure all employers and employees enjoy a good working environment free from malpractices and conflicts.  It promotes and negotiates collective bargaining agreements with the union. Hence,  the staffs manages grievance procedures to handle complaints that result from disputes with unionized employees over the collective bargaining agreement, work rules, and interpretation of the meaning of the contract. Moreover, it’s the unit that deals with personnel policy or entitlements such as wages, severance allowance, sick leave, maternity leave, over time, annual leave, notices and many others. 


Health and Safety Unit

This Unit is set up to guide employers and those who want some basic information on what they must do to make sure their businesses comply with health and safety law of the country. Managing health and safety doesn’t have to be complicated, costly or time consuming. In fact it’s easier than you think. If you have taken reasonable steps to prevent accidents or harm to your employees you shouldn’t have to pay compensation. In general, health and safety laws apply to all businesses. As an employer, or a self-employed person, you are responsible for health and safety in your business. Health and safety laws are there to protect you, your employees and the public from workplace dangers.
The health and safety unit responsibility was to regulate the health and safety laws. The health and safety officers have to ensure that all employers in the Republic of Vanuatu must apply to all requirements stated in the Health and Safety Act Cap 195. However, as an employee you have rights and you have responsibilities for your own wellbeing and that of your colleagues. One of the major tasks of the unit is to carry out regular inspections, in identify workplace hazards, provide consultation about workplace setting and make recommendations to the employer to avoid serious accident in the work premises. .

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Department of Labour & Employment

Introduction: In 1997, the Vanuatu Government embarked on a major Comprehensive Reform Programme(CRP). The National Vision is “An Educated, Healthy and Wealthy Vanuatu”. From the Vision, a set of overarching national strategic priorities can be identified for allocation of development resources, as well as policy initiatives and implementation action. This is the basis for the PAA.

The priorities are;

  • Private sector development and employment creation;
  • Macroeconomic stability and equitable growth;
  • Primary sector development;
  • Education and human resources development;

Vision: “A Standardized and Sound Industrial Relations, Equitable Decent Employment Opportunities, Safe Working Environment and Improved Social Dialogue and Social Protection For All”.


  • To implement labour legislation reform and apply International Labour Standards;
  • Promotion of decent employment opportunities, particularly for young women and men, and inclusive of persons with disabilities;
  • Capacity building of tripartite partners and improvement of social dialogue;
  • Increased social protection;

Aims & Objectives:

  • To develop Vanuatu’s own Labour Laws through its Labour legislation reform in conjunction with the International Labour Standards;
  • Review Employment Policy guidelines to promote skills training tools and creation of jobs for young women men and inclusive of persons with disabilities;
  • Capacity building of tripartite partners and improvement of social dialogue and increased social protection for domestic and temporary overseas labour migrant workers;

Man-Power and Training Unit

This unit originally created to formulate the training policy and strategic training needs of the government and private agencies. It deals directly with screening of work permits to make sure all applicants meets the legal criteria and will be a genuine employee while residing in the country during their employment contract in reference with Labour Work Permit Act Cap 187. The unit has expanded its scope of responsibility to create employment and protect workers. The Unit has also provided service in the area of statistical data for general population and work collaboratively with the counterparts to creating capacity for the nation.

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