FIRST WORKERS FOR 2021
DEPART 22 JANUARY
The PNG Labour Mobility Unit
In 2019, Papua New Guinea's National Executive Council established the PNG Labour Mobility Unit (LMU) as an independent unit in Treasury to deliver Prime Minister James Marape's vision of sending 8,000 workers to Australia and New Zealand each year.
The LMU is now housed within Treasury to sharpen the focus on labour mobility as a source of good jobs and revenue for Papua New Guinea citizens. Australia is our closest labour market and has estimated job shortages of over 100,000 people per year in industries such as agriculture, hospitality and food processing. Papua New Guinea is well placed to supply these workers, thereby providing good jobs and experience for our youth.
We estimate that a worker spending six productive months in Australia or New Zealand sends home around K25,000 to their families. The money they earn is spent in their communities to improve education and health for their families, to build better homes, and to invest in small business or their own garden farms.
This spending also contributes to GST, and increases GST revenues in provinces with fewer opportunities for growth. Labour mobility offers an important source of both jobs and revenue for communities and government. In some Pacific countries, remittances from workers is now significantly higher than funds received as aid. This is our aim for Papua New Guinea.
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Our logo represents the diversity of Papua New Guinean cultures through traditional tattoos. The logo was inspired by a traditional tattoo worn by people of Motuan heritage.
The colours represent the flag of Papua New Guinea.
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