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Samoan worker at Collins Bananas. Photo Madec

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Samoa lies to the north-east of Fiji and west of the international dateline and consists of 4 inhabited islands and several smaller islands and outcrops.

In 1962, Samoa became the first former territory in the Pacific to become independent.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Samoa

Factsheet: Samoa at a glance [PDF 3.3 MB]

Why recruit workers from Samoa?

Workers from Samoa are experienced in agriculture and horticulture, aged care, meat processing, tourism and hospitality, fisheries, and health services.

Samoan men and women are known for being strong, hardworking and quick to learn.

Through Australian and New Zealand labour mobility programs, Samoans have worked in fruit and vegetable picking and packing, pruning, banana humping, poultry farming, fishing, tourism and meat processing. 

How to recruit workers from Samoa

To recruit workers from Samoa 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.

In Samoa, the Labour and Employment Export Division (LEEP) within the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour, recruits, processes and prepares workers for overseas employment. 

Interested employers can contact LEEP on (+685 20 441) or by email on (

How to join the PALM scheme as a worker 

A Samoan worker at Cowra Meat Processing in New South Wales

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

Citizens of Samoa can contact LEEP on (+685 20 441) or by email on (

LEEP opens registrations twice a year and will advertise in Samoan media when this occurs.

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.