National Labour Mobility Policy Consultation

Request for comments and input to the National Labour Mobility Policy for Papua New Guinea: 27 January - 19 February 2021


With the establishment of the PNG Labour Mobility Unit, a policy has been drafted to inform stakeholders about Papua New Guinea's approach to labour sending, and to set out objectives and actions to take labour programs forward.

The Government of Papua New Guinea sees labour mobility as a win-win for its citizens. It provides a source of decent work and good incomes in formal jobs abroad, and it upskills workers so that they are able to expand their businesses or find better work at home. By targeting workers from rural communities for agriculture work, it is able to direct remittances to grassroots populations that can use it to significantly improve their quality of life. When remittances are spent, they contribute to Goods and Services Tax (GST) revenue for rural provinces.

The Labour Mobility Unit has the sole purpose of selecting, mobilizing and managing workers for temporary migration for employment schemes. The Unit does not manage long-term migration of workers, nor does it manage higher skilled workers eligible for different visa categories beyond those set out in this policy. It focuses explicitly on those schemes providing circular migration for PNG workers in low and semi-skilled jobs. It is led by a Ministerial Steering Committee, comprising five Ministers whose portfolios are responsible for assisting mobilization of workers. The Committee is led by the Minister for Treasury.

This policy sets out the goals and objectives for labour mobility and the direction for the operations of the Labour Mobility Unit. It also provides a framework to direct whole-of-government support for labour mobility and develop policy cohesion as national action is taken.

All stakeholders are invited to comment on the policy and provide feedback, which will be incorporated and finalised in a confirmation workshop with Papua New Guinea Government Departments.

All comments should be received by 19 February 2021. Comments can be sent to