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Indonesia keen to supply nannies to Australia

Indonesia may contribute to the army of nannies needed for a taxpayer-subsidised Australian trial.

The two-year program, announced in April, will target shift-worker parents such as police and nurses, as well as families in regional areas that find it difficult to use regular childcare services.

Under the $246 million program, 4000 nannies will look after 10,000 children from January.

Nannies won’t be required to have formal education qualifications but will need to be older than 18, pass working-with-children checks and know first aid.

Indonesia’s minister for women, Yohana Yambise, said her government is keen to provide job opportunities for young Indonesian women.

“It’s a good idea,” she told AAP in Jakarta. “How many do you need?”

Indonesia already sends thousands of young women abroad each year as domestic workers in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and some Middle Eastern countries.

A parliamentary committee is investigating whether there is merit in expanding Australia’s seasonal workers program to other sectors. The program already brings about 3000 Pacific Islanders and East Timorese to Australia to fill skill shortages in agriculture at harvesting time and helps alleviate poverty.



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