Papua New Guinea is Australia's closest neighbour, with less than 4 km between the 2 countries at the nearest point.
The country is a constitutional monarchy and one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, with more than 800 spoken languages and hundreds of Indigenous ethnic groups.
Factsheet: Papua New Guinea at a glance [PDF 3.65 MB]
Why recruit workers from Papua New Guinea?
Workers from PNG have significant experience in agriculture, fisheries and horticulture work.
PNG is committed to providing Australian employers with the highest quality workforce. The strength of this commitment is demonstrated through rigorous recruitment processes and pre-departure training to ensure all workers are focused, productive and have a strong work ethic.
How to recruit workers from Papua New Guinea
To recruit workers from Papua New Guinea 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.
How to join the PALM scheme as a worker
Citizens of participating countries must apply to join the PALM scheme through the labour sending unit in their country.
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.