Solomon Islands is an archipelagic state situated in the south-west Pacific Ocean, approximately 2,000 kilometres to the north-east of Australia.
Its land mass of 28,400 square kilometres extends over nearly 1000 islands comprising nine main island groups. The capital, Honiara, is located on Guadalcanal, the largest island.
The population of approximately 599,500 people is predominantly Melanesian, although there are also small Polynesian, Micronesian, Chinese and European communities.
There are 63 distinct languages in the country, with numerous local dialects. English is the official language but Solomons Pijin is the lingua franca for the majority of people.
Eighty percent of the population live in rural communities scattered across the islands. An estimated 100,000 people live in Honiara and the urban centres of Gizo, Auki, Buala, Taro, Lata, Tingoa, Tulagi and Kirakira.
Most of the population are involved in subsistence or cash crop agriculture with fisheries, forestry, mining and tourism the mainstay of the formal economy.
Solomon Islands has a young population, with 56 per cent of people aged between 1–24 years, 40 per cent between 24–64 years, and four per cent above the age of 65 years.
Solomon Islanders are motivated, resilient, quick to learn and offer employers a strong and reliable workforce that can return every year.
Employers are supported by a proactive Labour Mobility Unit (LMU) in the capital, Honiara, that works alongside employers to meet their staffing needs and provide support to them and workers.
Agriculture and horticulture
The Solomon Islands agricultural workforce is made up of strong, reliable and hard-working men and women who can plant, harvest, pack and complete general farm duties as required, professionally and efficiently.
Solomon Islanders are already working across most crops in Australia and New Zealand and have a positive reputation that is known throughout horticultural industry groups.
Solomon Islands workers in this sector are mostly subsistence farmers who make an income from tending their own farms or plantations and marketing their own produce.
This lifestyle— complemented by completing study at a local rural training centre—makes them experienced workers, ready to work in Australia.
Hospitality and tourism
Solomon Islands has a ready supply of qualified and experienced tourism and hospitality workers.
Workers complete studies in housekeeping, front-of-house service, cooking, barista duties, general cleaning, cash handling, event management and reception duties.
They study in English and are confident to engage with guests. During their study, they complete an internship at one of the hotels in Solomon Islands.
Solomon Islands workers are known for being enthusiastic, friendly, reliable and quick learners. They typically have outstanding grooming standards and personal presentation.
Solomon Islands has a valuable supply of qualified and experienced health workers who are available to work in the aged and personal care sectors.
The communal culture of Solomon Islands means people grow up caring for each other. This makes Solomon Islands health workers naturally friendly, with a great bedside manner.
Workers complete studies at the Solomon Islands National University. The courses include Bachelor of Nursing (Acute Care and Primary Health Care), Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Nursing Child Health, Diploma of Public Health—Promotions or Nutrition and Dietetics or Diploma of Community Based Rehabilitation.
During their study, there is a term of field-based work in rural clinics or at the National Referral Hospital.
Solomon Islands health workers are able to complete client assessments, monitor patients, take blood pressure, bathe, feed and support client mobility.
Solomon Islands health professionals are already contracted across the Pacific in Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Nauru and American Samoa.
To recruit Solomon Island workers, an Australian employer must be registered as an Approved Employer, or they must recruit workers through a labour-hire firm that is an Approved Employer.
To find out more about becoming an Approved Employer, visit the Seasonal Worker Programme employer information page on the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business website or the Pacific Labour Scheme employer information page.
Approved Employers can recruit Solomon Islands workers through the Solomon Islands Labour Mobility Unit work-ready pool.
This pool has pre-screened workers who:
Approved Employers can also recruit directly in Solomon Islands. For more information, contact Solomon Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, by phone (+67721250 / +67720251 / +67721252) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Australian Government has two visa schemes available for Solomon Islanders to work in Australia.
The Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) provides access to unskilled work opportunities for up to nine months in the Australian agricultural and accommodation sectors (in selected locations).
The Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) enables citizens of Solomon Islands to take up low-skilled and semi-skilled work in rural and regional Australia for one to three years.
For information about the SWP or the PLS, contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, by phone (+677 212 50 / +677 202 51 / +677 212 52) or by email (email@example.com).
To join the Seasonal Worker Programme, an applicant must:
To join the Pacific Labour Scheme, an applicant must:
It is free to join the the Seasonal Worker Programme and the Pacific Labour Scheme.
Workers from Solomon Islands can be recruited through the Solomon Islands Labour Mobility Unit from the work-ready pool, through direct recruitment or through a licensed agent.
A licensed agent must not charge you to work in Australia, other than to obtain the required police and health checks.
Any agent who asks you to pay upfront for airfares or visa costs is not a legitimate agent and you may end up losing all the money that you pay them.
If you have an enquiry about how to access either program, contact the Solomon Islands Labour Mobility Unit, by phone (+677 212 50 / +677 202 51 / +677 212 52) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).