Oceania Region





The Oceania region will play an important role in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) signed between 11 major economies in the Pacific region and the recently signed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) signed between 10-members ASEAN countries and their 5 major trading partners including Australia and New Zealand.

As with rest of the world, COVID-19 has converted 2020 into a year of introspection for Oceania region employers. The year 2021 promises to bring significant economic recovery and employment opportunities in each of the countries. The movement of skilled professionals and labour within Oceania countries is expected to be restricted due to COVID related travel restrictions. This has driven many domestic unemployed but skilled professionals & labour to retool & reskill themselves to fit in with future employment opportunities.

The Work From Home (WFH) culture has also allowed companies to revisit their labour costs creating new models of employment for contract hire and Executive recruitment. As such, in the year 2021, we anticipate employers to increasingly use globally reputed Executive Search and Recruitment firms like CNA International towards identifying the best candidates for their requirements as they restart their businesses in the new normal. We have grown our extensive database of candidates capable of using a hybrid model of WFH and in office towards compliance with the COVID restrictions and ensuring highest health & safety standards. Some of the key sectors of employment creation in 2021 include:

  • Healthcare industry including nursing & medical professionals and pharmaceutical manufacturers & distributors.
  • ICT & Digital service providers.
  • Accounting, Consulting and professional services entities.
  • Resources sector in mining and oil & gas projects.
  • Agriculture growers of commodities and processed dairy food suppliers.
  • Defence sector, Space and Satellite technologies.
  • Infrastructure including Domestic Tourism & Renewable Energy
  • Manufacturing, Retail and Logistics.

CNA International has recognised this tremendous potential for economic growth and employment opportunities in the Oceania region. With the growing multicultural environment in these countries, it has become important for CNA International to have a local presence in each of these countries. We are proud to announce that we have finalised an office in Papua New Guinea (PNG) with Fred Kowas as our Country Director. Fred brings along over 20 years of professional expertise in PNG, Australia and other Oceania countries. With his extensive business networks in PNG across mining and other industries, he will add significant value to the Executive search and recruitment expectations of our clients in PNG.

Mahadevan Shankar, Managing Partner – Network & Business Development, CNA International Oceania region has headquarters in Brisbane with extensive networks towards developing upcoming member firms in each of these countries. As a former Big4 accounting firm Partner in the region, Mahadevan has served small, medium and large companies – privately owned and ASX listed – spread across many countries in the Oceania region. Mahadevan brings valuable leadership expertise with his extensive networks at the Board and Senior management levels of each entity and recognizes the need to provide customized solutions to each organisation in the region. Mahadevan is in the process of starting up a local office with local expert representatives in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Auckland and Fiji during 2021. For those who are seriously interested, please send Mahadevan your profile with an Expression of Interest to join CNA International – either as a franchisor or our expert employee – through our website link below.






Mahadevan Shankar

20 Farsley Place, Manly West, QLD – 4179, Australia

+61 423614774




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