Seasonal recruitment agent licence fees increased

The DOL Administration office in Port Vila. Photo: Glenda Willie | File

The Department of Labour (DOL) has increased the licence fees for recruitment agents under the seasonal work programs.

Labour Commissioner Murielle Meltenoven has confirmed the increase, saying it will cover the administrative costs incurred by the Department.

Mrs. Meltenoven said the fee has increased from VT20, 000 to VT40,000 as well as an additional VT10, 000 application fee.

She explained the increase will also cover the Departure briefing, which is usually two days, as they provide breakfast and lunch during the briefings.

The agent licences issued in 2021 will expire this month.

Mrs. Meltenoven mentioned there are currently over 4, 000 Ni-Vanuatu seasonal workers in New Zealand and Australia. From this figure, 1, 157 are in New Zealand under the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme, 1,508 are in Australia under the Seasonal Worker Programme and 318 under the Pacific Labour Scheme.

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