Solomons could earn millions from Australian labour market

2:52 pm on 9 March 2016

The Solomon Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Milner Tozaka, says the country could earn millions from the Australian labour market.

The two countries have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that paves the way for greater cooperation on seasonal labour.

Australia expanded the scheme last month to include work in cattle, sheep and grain enterprises as well as horticulture.

A black and white bull looks through a fence.

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The minister said if the Solomon Islands could send up to a thousand people to work in Australia, their yearly remittances could be in the millions.

Mr Tozaka said this might mean being less dependent on Australian development aid.

He said Solomon Islanders involved in the New Zealand Seasonal Workers' Scheme sent back US$800,000 last year.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade will now take over the coordination of people going to Australia to work under the mobility scheme.

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