Warning on bogus recruiting agents for work in Australia

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In relation to the recent press release by the Australian High Commission on Bogus Agents, the Labor Mobility Unit (LMU) within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade is once again stressing to the general public the importance of verifying the legitimacy of people and or organizations that claim to be recruiting agents for the Australian Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP).

The LMU wishes to make it clear that people wanting to participate in the seasonal worker under the programs should never have to pay money to any individual or organizations promising to give them work under the SWP scheme. Under the formal arrangement, it is your approved Employer which recruited you who will meet your visa and airfare.

It is understood that some bogus (false) agents are currently recruiting workers to work in Australia under the company called “Botanic Parks and Recreation”.

LMU wishes to Clarify that “Botanic Parks and Recreation” is a scam company and is not recognized by the Australian Government to recruit workers here in the Solomon Islands.

Botanic Parks and Recreation Company is a scam company which operates with the email address of joboffice36@gmail.com

To date, Solomon Islands has only one (1) licensed agent to recruit for Australia Approved Employers and nine (9) licensed agents for the New Zealand Recognized Seasonal Employment (RSE). All licensed agents certified by the Labour Mobility Unit have with them documents to verify their genuineness and legitimacy.

The Labor Mobility Unit also points out that individual or organizations that claimed to be agents but are not authorized by the LMU are unable to offer jobs under the schemes. Anyone claiming to be an agent who does not have a license is committing fraud and will be referred to the police.

The public is therefore advised that they must first enquire with the LMU to verify the authenticity of the recruiting Agents before proceeding with the recruitment process. This should avoid any misleading information being provided and prevent false expectations arising for seasonal job offers in Australia by those persons who dishonestly claim to be agents.

Anyone with any queries can contact the LMU on phone 21250.

  • Gov’t Comms Unit

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