An Australian National University study into the Australian Labour Market has concluded that Pacific island seasonal workers are significantly more efficient and reliable than working holiday visa workers.
The study, commissioned by the Office of the Chief Trade Advisor and undertaken by Australian National University (ANU) Fellow, State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program’s Dr Rochelle Ball, identifies possible labour market access points for Pacific Island Countries (PICs). The report examines Australia’s projected labour market demand over the next 5-10 years in order to answer the following questions:
- Which low-skilled, semi-skilled and highly skilled areas are currently, or in the foreseeable future, characterised by skill gaps, labour shortages and imbalances in Australia, and therefore potentially present employment opportunities for Pacific Islander
- How key demographic changes, economic trends, industrial/occupational change, innovations in technology and globalisation of trade are likely to affect future demand for low-skilled, semi-skilled and highly skilled workers in Australia in the areas identified