Australia-Pacific Labour scheme a life changing opportunity

One of seven Samoans taking part in Australia’s Pacific Labour Scheme has acknowledged the usefulness of the scheme in helping his family’s struggle against poverty.

“I am very humbled to have been selected, and I acknowledge the Lord’s help in answering my prayers," Matagi Mulipola told the Samoa Observer.

“Our family is very poor and this is a good chance to help support our family financially so that they can live a comfortable life. The opportunity is a three-year contract and it is entirely up to the person if they want to take a leave and come home to visit their families."

The scheme was signed between Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and Australia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marise Payne in Nauru last year. The seven local participants will have opportunities to gain valuable skills and income, and assists businesses in rural and regional Australia.

“The opportunity will help my family’s struggle against poverty,” said Matagi.

The 29-year-old from Luatuanuu has never been to Australia and he is both excited and nervous about the trip.

“I believe that no matter the obstacles I will face overseas, I will get through everything with God’s help, I just want to make my parents proud.

“We are not sure yet on the date for our departure but right now we are in the process of getting our documents together."

He also acknowledged the support from his families especially his parents.

 “I want to thank the Australian Government for this amazing opportunity that will help me provide food and other necessities for my family.

Tuilaepa in Nauru highlighted that the significance of the scheme is assisting Samoans with employment opportunities.

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