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Australian candidate nominated to lead the International Labour Organization

Media Release

The Australian Government announces the nomination of Mr Greg Vines as Australia’s candidate for the International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General.

Australia is strongly committed to the ILO - the specialist tripartite labour agency of the United Nations that brings together governments, employers and workers from across the globe.

Australia recognises the critical role that the multilateral system plays in helping to address global challenges, protecting the rules and norms that underpin Australia’s security and prosperity, and maintaining agreed international labour standards.

Having spent almost a decade as the Deputy Director-General of the ILO for Management and Reform, Mr Vines has demonstrated leadership, and delivered significant organisational reform and governance improvements.

The ILO sets international labour standards, promotes decent work and develops policies and programmes in support of social justice.

Mr Vines is an extremely well-qualified candidate for Director-General and if successful, would be the first Director-General from the Indo-Pacific region.

Mr Vines has a positive vision for the ILO that fosters social justice by pursuing decent work, achieving gender equality and supporting the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australia is a founding member of the ILO and a key donor partner in delivering its Decent Work Agenda.

Nominations for the Director-General elections close on 1 October 2021. The election will be held in Geneva on 25 March 2022. The elected Director-General will commence in the role on 1 October 2022.

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