Full-Time LABOUR MOBILITY OFFICER – COMPLIANCE & INSPECTION
Duration: 12 months, from July 2019
Government pay scale: 5.1
Purpose of the Position: The Labour Mobility Officer – Compliance & Inspection will support the various compliance procedures required to process Labour Mobility operations, to enable Vanuatu Department of Labour (DoL) to fulfil its Labour Mobility obligations under the Pacific Labour Facility.
The Pacific Labour Facility (PLF)
The PLF facilitates the seasonal and longer-term work opportunities for Pacific workers to Australia. It connects Australian employers with Pacific workers, supports the administration of the PLS and provides targeted support to SWP. The PLF is managed by Palladium, in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
The Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP)
Under direction of the Department of Jobs and Small Business (DJSB), the SWP provides certain Australian employers access to low-skilled and unskilled workers from nine Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste. These employers include those in the agriculture industry, and in the accommodation sector and tourism sectors in specific locations. Employers must show that are unable to find enough local Australian labour.
The Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS)
The PLS commenced on 1 July 2018. It enables citizens of Pacific countries to take up low- and semi-skilled work opportunities in rural and regional Australia for up to three years. Implementation of the PLS is open to all sectors but will focus on placing workers in sectors with projected employment growth in Australia (tourism, meat workers, age care, agriculture) and which match Pacific skill sets.
Duties: Under the direction of senior ESU staff, senior Compliance staff, and the Vanuatu Labour Mobility Engagement Manager, the Labour Mobility Officer – Compliance & Inspection will:
- Take complaints about agents/ representatives/ permit holders and workers
- Analyse and report on the complaints and prioritise according to the seriousness of the complaint
- Refer complaints to the relevant MBIE or Australian liaison person where conduct takes place offshore, as appropriate and follow up to ensure action is taken overseas
- Ensure all agents, representatives and permit-holders are aware of their obligations and comply with relevant requirements
- Investigate complaints about agents, permit-holders, representatives and workers when complaints are consistent with the DOL’s investigation guidelines
- Report serious breaches and abuses of migrant labour laws, international memoranda of understanding, and Codes of Conduct to the Manager, Compliance & Inspection
- Monitor the conduct of migrant worker agents and permit-holders to ensure compliance with legal obligations
- Take appropriate enforcement action against those in breach of the law or refer cases to the relevant Senior Labour Officer and support legal action as required
- Maintain an updated monthly report for the Compliance & Inspection/ Employment Services Units
- Undertake other duties as required by other Compliance and/ or ESU senior staff
Qualifications and Experience:
- Demonstrates high levels of initiative
- 4 to 5 years’ experience in Labour administration, or inspections and investigation
- Has strong critical thinking and analysis skills
- Has strong investigation skills
- Has strong organisational and time management skills
- Excellent computer skills (Internet, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
- Experience in managing and implementing projects
- Commitment to teamwork and mentoring other ESU staff when appropriate
- Excellent communication skills, for high level external engagement
- Experience in fast paced working environments, with tight deadlines
- Fluent in English and Bislama
- Be of honest character with integrity
- Familiarity with the Pacific Labour Mobility programs.
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