The main areas of focus for the Labour Law reform work is to:
• Provide technical assistance to the Government to review the Employment Act, Industrial Relations Code and Trade Unions Act, identify priorities for labour law reform, and develop new labour legislation to better comply with the ILO’s eight Fundamental Labour Conventions.
• Awareness raising for workers and employers on roles and responsibilities when new legislation is passed.
The Main area of focus for the Labour Migration project is to:
• To improve labour migration data collection for the purpose of policy making and increased participation of Tuvaluan workers in well-regulated labour migration schemes including seafaring and seasonal worker programs.

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Labour inspectors examine how national labour standards are applied in the workplace and advise employers and workers on how to improve the application of national law in such areas as working time, wages, occupational safety and health, and child labour.

Powers of Labour Inspectors

1. For the purpose of performing his or her functions under this Act, a labour inspector has the following powers:

  • to enter and inspect any place which he or she has reasonable cause to believe is a place of employment and into any house or accommodation provided by an employer for employees;
  • to interview any person at a place of employment;
  • to interview any employer or any employee;
  • to require the production of, and to inspect and take copies from,—
  • any wages and time record or any holiday and leave record;
  • any other document held which records the remuneration of any employees;
  • to require any employer to supply to the labour inspector a copy of the wages and time record or holiday and leave record or employment agreement or both of any employee of that employer;
  • to question any employer about compliance;
  • to remove, or cause to be removed, an employee from the place of employment where he or she is employed for further enquiry into the matter, if a labour inspector has reasonable grounds to suspect that any offence has been committed against that employee;
  • to issue demand notices under this Act;
  • any other powers delegated in writing by the Secretary of Labour or conferred under this Act.

2. A labour inspector must not enter or inspect a private dwelling house without the consent of the occupier of that dwelling house.

3. When visiting a place of employment for the purposes of this Act, a labour inspector must:

  • notify the employer or the employer’s representative upon arrival of his or her presence, unless the inspector has reasonable grounds for believing that such notification may be prejudicial to the performance of his duties;
  • produce evidence of his or her appointment if requested to do so by any person in the workplace in the course of performing his or her functions.

The Pacific Labour Scheme helps address workforce shortages in rural and regional Australia, while providing opportunities for Pacific and Timorese workers to gain experience, earn income and send remittances home to support their families and communities. The Scheme commenced on 1 July 2018 following a successful pilot program in northern Australia and builds on the success of the Seasonal Worker Programme. Under the Scheme, Approved Employers are able to recruit workers from nine participating Pacific island countries and Timor-Leste. Australian businesses are currently employing workers from Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu in low and semi-skilled roles.

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The Form provided for interested person that willing to work under the Schemes in New Zealand and Australia. You fill the form and submit to the Labour Office during working Hours. 

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The Government recognizes that sustaining remittance flows requires continuous renewal of employment opportunities, while increasing these flows can only be achieved by expanding the number of work and/or residence opportunities

offshore. However, for these opportunities to exist Tuvalu needs to be able to maintain and expand a labor force with skills, qualifications and work ethic, and maintain transport connections to facilitate migration.

Attaining recognized skills and qualifications in Tuvalu is challenging, with limited access to both vocational training and tertiary education. APTC will help support national and regional TVET systems to provide quality skills and attributes available to employers which align with labor market requirements.

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