Pastoral care

New Australia Pacific labour scheme has pastoral care facility

Australia announced that Pacific Islanders would be able to work for up to three years in certain sectors, such as health and agriculture, under its new Pacific Labour Scheme.

This follows the seasonal worker scheme that provided thousands of Pacific people with visas to work in horticulture and viticulture for about six months.

Matthew Dornan of the Australian National University's Development Policy Centre said to ensure the welfare of the workers, many of whom will work in rural areas, the new scheme will provide pastoral care.