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Sunset in Nauru. Photo: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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Nauru is an island republic in the Pacific Ocean, 42 km south of the Equator.

A raised, fossilised coral atoll, Nauru is one of 3 great phosphate rock islands in the Pacific Ocean and has a total land area of just 21 kmĀ².

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Nauru

Nauru country fact sheet

Why recruit workers from Nauru?

Workers from Nauru have significant experience in labour mobility programs, and specialise in agriculture, horticulture and viticulture, housekeeping and hospitality, security, welding and fabrication work, as well as a range of other industries.

Nauruan workers are often experienced in operating dump trucks, front-end loaders, bulldozers, forklifts, and side loaders for containers servicing the Nauruan Government and its entities, as well as the private sector. 

Nauruan workers are typically skilled in all areas of housekeeping and many have experience working for international contractors. Through labour mobility programs, Nauruans are often experienced in pruning and picking fruit, vegetables and grapes. 

How to recruit workers from Nauru

To recruit workers from Nauru under the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme, an Australian employer must be approved as a PALM scheme employer.

Alternatively, an employer may wish to engage workers through a PALM scheme approved labour hire company

Find out more about becoming a PALM scheme employer.

PALM scheme employers can recruit workers from Nauru through the work-ready pool in the Ministry of Labour's Labour Mobility Unit (LMU).

To inquire about recruiting Nauruan workers, please contact the LMU by phone (+674 5561510), or email the LMU Director ( or Labour Mobility Coordinator (

How to join the PALM scheme as a worker 

Citizens of participating countries must apply to join the PALM scheme through the labour mobility unit in their country.

Citizens of Nauru should contact the LMU by phone (+674 5561510) or email the LMU Director ( or Labour Mobility Coordinator (

You do not need to pay or give gifts to anyone to join the PALM scheme. If you have been offered a job in the PALM scheme, your employer will pay for your flights and some other costs up front so you can travel to Australia. You will need to gradually repay your employer for these costs once you start earning a wage.