Summary of publication
One hundred workers from Vanuatu who participated in the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP), and returned in April and May 2017 were interviewed for this study. Interviews were completed by a team of ni-Vanuatu researchers (two men and three women) with support from a local lead researcher, all of whom had extensive previous research experience. In total 66 men and 34 women were interviewed.
Overall, the experience of both women and men from Vanuatu on the SWP was overwhelmingly positive. 100% of women and 98% of men who were interviewed said they would prefer to be an overseas worker in Australia, and 100% said they would recommend the SWP to other members of their family. 89% of workers said they hoped to work in the SWP for as many years as possible. When asked about their overall level of satisfaction with their experience as a seasonal worker in Australia, all women respondents said they were satisfied (71% said they were very satisfied) and 76% of men said they were satisfied or very satisfied.