Labour governance and migration in the Pacific

The Australian Government – ILO Partnership places a great emphasis on supporting technical assistance to Pacific island nations to help improve the environment for sustainable, decent work opportunities. The labour governance and migration project responds to priorities identified in the Pacific Action Plan for Decent Work, which was agreed by the ILO’s constituents in February 2010 in Port Vila, Vanuatu during the Tripartite High-Level Meeting: Decent Work for Sustainable Development in the Pacific.

This Pacific technical cooperation project is operational in five countries: Kiribati, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Tuvalu*.

The project has two main components:

Improving labour market governance

Promotion of the rule of law through a fair legal framework and full protection of human rights is fundamental to good governance. The project will focus on labour law reform to give effect to ratified ILO conventions; building governments’ capacity to ratify, implement and report on the ILO’s core and governance conventions and building the capacity of governments, unions and employers to engage in effective participatory law making.

Improving the development impact of labour migration

Remittances from labour migration are an important source of income for many families and communities and are significant factors in Pacific economic growth. This project focuses specifically on workers recruited under New Zealand’s Recognized Seasonal Employer Scheme and Australia’s Pacific Seasonal Workers Pilot Scheme. Project activities will focus on building the capacity of governments, unions, businesses and local communities to provide returned migrant workers with effective reintegration services based on identified needs. Good practice relating to pre-departure services will also be identified and promoted.

*Tuvalu is included for migration component only

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Further information

Labour Governance & Migration


Ms Anne Boyd
Project Manager / Labour Law Expert
ILO Country Office for South Pacific Island Countries
Suva, Fiji