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Papua New Guinea
Rosa from Mount Hagen in Papua New Guinea harvests vegetables, crouching close to the ground and smiling at the camera



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.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Papua New Guinea

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.

Find out more about becoming a PALM scheme employer.

PALM scheme employers can recruit workers through PNG’s labour mobility unit. Please email ( You can also visit the PNG Labour Mobility Unit website.

How to join the PALM scheme as a worker 

Pauline from Papua New Guinea picking at Ironbark Citrus

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

PNG citizens who wish to find out more about the SWP, please email ( For PLS inquiries, email ( You can also visit the PNG Labour Mobility Unit website.

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.