Madang: Filling workforce gaps in Australia
The Labour Mobility Unit has introduced a new recruitment system that ensures employers get the best workers for their jobs from Papua New Guinea. We do this by carefully vetting each worker and ensuring their current lifestyle and livelihood activities best match employer needs.
We do this using a regional recruitment model, ensuring that workers come recommended by their communities and Members of Parliament. They undergo several rounds of interviews, including a final interview with an external contractor, before their profiles are offered to you. This means our workers are well prepared and you can be assured of the selection process.
Ultimately you choose your workers - we will provide you with selection sheets of carefully vetted, fully prepared workers who are ready to mobilise quickly and eager to work.
There are no agents in PNG - all recruitment is done through the Labour Mobility Unit in partnership with regional administrations.
There is no direct recruitment for new employers, except when approved by the Labour Mobility Unit and where specific skills are required.
PNG's workers have work-ready farm experience. All our workers selected for recruitment have current on-farm experience working 8-12 hour days. They farm potato and sweet potato, taro, market vegetables including lettuce, pak choi, tomatoes and cucumbers, coffee, cocoa, strawberries, avacado and mangoes.
We even have some farmers experienced with grapes, apples and citrus fruit, grown here in the highlands of PNG.
Fitness and Health Tested
We have strict health and fitness requirements. Our workers demonstrate their fitness through daily work. We also put them through rigorous fitness testing, which can be adapted for your needs.
Our workers receive basic medical checks prior to their visa applications, to make sure there are no problems that could stop their mobilisation.
All our workers are trained alongside their communities. We think it is important to make sure the entire community is supporting their mobilisation and time overseas. It makes sure they stay connected to family and friends and helps make it easier during their time away.
We make sure the community knows what to expect - how long the worker will be away, how often they can keep in touch, when they might send money home, and what help they might need from their family.
We are also developing applications to help keep communities and family connected while workers are away.