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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

Papua New Guinea country fact sheet

Why recruit workers from Papua New Guinea?

Workers from PNG have significant experience in agriculture, fisheries and horticulture work, as well as a range of other industries.

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 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 through the PNG Labour Mobility Unit work-ready pool. Please email (, or call (+675 7285 7281) or (+675 7391 4173).

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, please email ( or call (+675 7285 7281) or (+675 7391 4173).

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.