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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 km².

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Nauru

Factsheet: Nauru at a glance [PDF 2.9 MB]

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.

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 registered as a Seasonal Worker Programme employer, Pacific Labour Scheme employer, or both. Otherwise, they must recruit workers through a labour hire firm or contractor that is a PALM scheme employer.

Find out more about becoming a PALM scheme employer.

PALM scheme employers can recruit workers from Nauru by contacting the Ministry of Labour 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 (LMU) in their country.

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

No payments or gifts are required to join the PALM scheme. Costs may be incurred for flights and other expenses once successful applicants have been placed in jobs in Australia. These costs are paid up front by the employer and reimbursed later by the worker once they start earning a wage.