Pacific Islands’ Tourism Sector Struggling With Employees Leaving Under Australia’s Job Mobility Scheme

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The tourism business in the Pacific Islands is in decline, with workers migrating to Australia under the mobility program to take advantage of better opportunities.

The Pacific Islands are a popular tourist destination, but the tourism sector is struggling. Employees leave under the mobility scheme to fill jobs in Australia and New Zealand. This has led to a shortage of workers in the Pacific Islands, and businesses are struggling to cope.

The Australian government has recently addressed critical skills shortages in the hospitality, tourism, and aged care industries by expanding the Pacific Australian Labor Mobility Scheme (PALM).

The scheme will now allow workers from the Pacific Islands to work in Australia for up to three years.

The expanded scheme is a positive step for the Pacific Islands, but more must be done to address the underlying issues causing workers to leave. The tourism sector in the Pacific Islands is vital to the economies of many countries, and it is essential that businesses can retain employees.

“This scheme to send workers from here to Australia is so sudden, it’s like an exodus,” said one hotel owner from the Solomon Islands who didn’t want to be named. “The hotels and resorts are struggling to keep up with the service demand, but many of our staff have left to work in Australia.”

The Australian government needs to do more to support the tourism sector in the Pacific Islands. Otherwise, the critical skills shortages in the hospitality, tourism and aged care industries will continue to worsen.

On his visit to Fiji last month, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese spoke up for the plan, telling reporters that it was “excellent for Australia” to assist fill labour shortages but also “excellent for our Pacific island neighbours,” especially since it enables more women to participate.

However, this has been less than ideal for local businesses with employees. During peak season, workers leaving their jobs has been an issue.

“This has been extremely frustrating, as they will simply leave the workplace without notice,” said the hotel owner from the Solomon Islands. He likened their situation to “standing on one leg”, as they’re unable to keep staff for a prolonged period and are forced to hire new employees constantly.

With the current situation, it is difficult for businesses to find and keep the right staff. The expanded scheme may help alleviate the issue in the short term, but more needs to be done to support businesses in the Pacific Islands. The Australian government should assist businesses in retaining employees and prevent the skills shortages from worsening.

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