The Labor Minister has urged Thais to beware of illegal brokers trying to recruit them to work on farms in Australia. He points out that Thailand and Australia are currently in talks on the issue of employment.
Labor Minister Suchart Chomklin revealed that the Department of Labor and Australian authorities are working on drafting a memorandum of understanding between the two governments to allow Thai citizens to participate in the Australian agricultural visa program. He said discussions are still ongoing to lower some of the criteria set by Australian officials and other details are still being worked out.
Currently, scammers claim that they can provide agricultural visas to victims if they pay in advance. These scammers will show photographs of a meeting between the Director of the Department of Employment (DOE) and the Deputy Director of the Australian Department of Agriculture to back up their claims. The DOE has stressed that no such visas have been issued to anyone and urges the public not to believe people who claim they can help obtain such visas.
The Minister of Labor said the DOE would make the official announcement once negotiations are complete. Authorities have specified five methods to legitimately travel to Australia for work as follows:
– Employment through the Ministry of Employment
– Employment through a legal recruitment agency
– Thai employers bringing their employees to work abroad
– Foreign employers located in Thailand bring their employees to train abroad
– The person has informed the ministry that they will be traveling on their own
Any recruitment by private agencies must also be approved by the DOE, and the recruitment will be posted on the department’s website, www.doe.go.th. (NNT)