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Labour Mobility

APTC works closely with Pacific governments to to support regional and international labour mobility with the strategic intent of a net skills gain for the Pacific. This includes training related directly to the labour market demands overseas, as well as work ready skills that enhance employability overseas. 


APTC Labour Mobility Track

In response to Pacific government priorities for labour mobility, we have a Labour Mobility Track. The Labour Mobility Track provides students with skills that may be required by overseas employers and to prepare them for working overseas, including additional training such as financial management, health, wellbeing and international expectations.

While it is designed to provide students with skills that may be an advantage for them in seeking employment through available labour mobility schemes, there is no guarantee of employment on successful completion of the Labour Mobility Track.

We remain committed to training to support and grow the pool of skilled workers in country. To achieve this, we work to ensure that labour mobility initiatives enhance economic progress and productivity and lead to a ‘net skills gain’. This means ensuring the availability of skilled workers for domestic needs and that citizens benefit from employment opportunities abroad, and bring back additional skills and experience to drive growth and innovation in their home countries.

For APTC graduates and TVET (non-APTC) graduates and workers, pre-mobility short courses, bespoke training programmes for particular mobility opportunities and occupation specific technical refresher could be provided thorough co-investment and fee paying.

Our Partners in Labour Mobility

We partner with the Pacific Labour Facility to train Pacific workers to meet workforce demands by Australian employers under the PALM Scheme where there are not enough Australian workers to fill this demand.

The PALM Scheme is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to support Pacific Labour Mobility to improve opportunities for growth and jobs and to strengthen the economic resilience of the region. 

APTC works closely with national governments in supporting their labour mobility priorities and with stakeholders including the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, International Labour Organization, and International Organization for Migration.

Labour Mobility Schemes in the Pacific

Increased labour mobility options are providing Pacific Islanders with increased skills and remittances from working abroad. Other labour mobility schemes in the region that Pacific Island Countries participate in include the following:

Labour Mobility Briefs and Papers

Labour Mobility Briefs and Papers

  • Australasian Aid Conference 2019, Development Policy Centre, Australian National University

19 February 2019, Panel Discussion: Pacific labour mobility: Opportunities to build our futures together



  • Pacific Update 2019, The University of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus

5 July 2019, Parallel Session on Skills

Identifying opportunities for APTC graduates from recent Australian immigration data
Richard Curtain, Research Fellow, Development Policy Centre, ANU

APTC and achieving a net skills gain for Pacific economies
Andie Fong Toy, Labour Mobility Adviser, APTC

Can Fiji’s skill shortage be addressed through a more receptive labour immigration policy?
Sunil Kumar, Senior Lecturer, USP, and Sothea OumAsian Development Bank

Brain drain and/or brain gain: what have we learnt thus far?
Satish Chand, Professor, University of New South Wales


Research and Policy Recommendations on Labour Mobility

Pacific Labour Mobility Annual Meetings

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APTC is an Australian Government initiative in partnership with the Pacific and Timor-Leste.

APTC is implemented by TAFE Queensland (RTO 0275)

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