Fiji Parliament's staff training in Victoria

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Parliamentary staff from Fiji have undertaken training at the Victorian Parliament under twinning arrangements between the two parliaments.

Earlier this year President of the Legislative Council Bruce Atkinson and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Telmo Languiller signed a Parliamentary Partnership Agreement with the Speaker of the Fiji Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni.

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President of the Legislative Council Bruce Atkinson met with Manjula Shah, Rubyna Ravasua and Miriama Vereivalu during their training attachment

Under the agreement, the Victorian Parliament has committed to supporting the professional development of Fiji parliamentarians and parliamentary staff as they build their skills capacity following Fiji’s return to parliamentary democracy last year.

Three members of the Fiji Parliament’s corporate services team travelled to Melbourne for a week long program that focused on budgeting, human resource policies, performance management and staff training and development.

With many staff newly recruited to the Fiji Parliament, the training program provided the three Fiji managers with the opportunity to work with and be mentored by senior managers of the Victorian Parliament.

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Speaker Telmo Languiller also met with the Fiji Parliament's corporate services team

More training is scheduled as part of the ongoing project, with two Fiji parliamentary committee staff undertaking attachments at the end of August and two parliamentary procedure staff undertaking attachments in October.

Funding for the capacity building is being provided through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Centre for Democratic Institutions.

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