The Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme allows eligible Australian businesses to hire workers from 9 Pacific islands and Timor-Leste when there are not enough local workers available.

Through the PALM scheme, eligible businesses can recruit workers for short-term jobs for up to 9 months or long-term roles for between one and 4 years in unskilled, low-skilled and semi-skilled positions.

The PALM scheme helps to fill labour gaps in rural and regional Australia and nationally for agriculture and select agriculture-related food product manufacturing sectors by offering employers access to a pool of reliable, productive workers. It also allows Pacific and Timor-Leste workers to take up jobs in Australia, develop their skills and send income home.


Family accompaniment pilot – second selection process – applications now open

Eligible employers are invited to submit an application on behalf of long-term workers from Kiribati, Fiji, Timor-Leste, Tonga and Vanuatu. Only employers that have previously submitted an expression of interest and have been advised they are eligible, should apply. 

To apply, workers will need the support of their employer. The closing date for applications is Friday 9 August 2024.
The application form is available here. Any questions regarding the family accompaniment pilot can be sent to ( 

Want to join the PALM scheme as an employer?

If you are an Australian business needing additional workers you may be able to source them through the PALM scheme. You will need to check your eligibility and the requirements you will need to meet.

Australian businesses can access PALM scheme workers either by applying to become an approved employer or recruiting through an approved PALM scheme labour hire company.

Learn more about becoming an approved employer.

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Want to join the PALM scheme as a worker?

If you are a resident of one of the participating countries and want to apply to join the PALM scheme, you will need to check your eligibility and contact your country’s labour sending unit.

Learn more about signing up as a worker.

Supporting workers while they are living in Australia

The wellbeing of Pacific and Timor-Leste workers in Australia is of the highest priority for the Australian Government. All participating workers have the same rights and protections as Australian workers.

A range of measures is in place to protect workers, including stringent employer vetting, a rigorous monitoring and compliance framework, regular spot checks and a support service phone line. Workers are also encouraged and supported to connect to their local communities across Australia.

Learn more about PALM scheme employers' obligations to ensure workers are supported, or read the PALM scheme grievance management policy.