Pacific Islanders

Seasonal farm workers receiving less than $10 a week after deductions, investigation reveals

The workers came to Australia in January as part of the Department of Employment's Seasonal Worker Program.

The group of 20 from Fiji, and others from Tonga, were taken to the caravan park in Merrigum, in the food bowl district of northern Victoria.

Seasonal Worker Programme expanded to take more Pacific Islander and East Timorese workers

Previously restricted to horticulture, aquaculture and cane farms, guest workers will now be allowed to work on cattle, sheep, grain and mixed farming enterprises.

Pacific Island and East Timorese workers can apply to work for either six or nine months, pay a flat 15 per cent tax rate and can return each year for the seasonal work.

We're no climate refugees'

This has been clarified by officials of an advisory group on climate change and human mobility.

Inspiring the Pacific Humanity – World Humanitarian Day 2015

“On World Humanitarian Day, we call for a more humane world and seek to inspire action from people across the Pacific to bring this about,” Vincent Omuga from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Regional Office for the Pacific (UNOCHA ROP) said.

People in this region are no strangers to humanitarian needs with Pacific Island Nations making up four of the top 10 countries on the 2014 World Risk Index.