The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste is situated on the island of Timor, approximately 700 km northwest of Darwin.
Australia and Timor-Leste are close neighbours, with a shared history and strong people-to-people links. The capital of Timor-Leste, Dili, is around one hour’s flying time from Darwin.
Factsheet: Timor-Leste at a glance [PDF 3.2 MB]
Why recruit workers from Timor-Leste?
Timor-Leste has a strong track record of participation in labour mobility schemes in Australia, with workers placed in the agriculture, fisheries, horticulture, hospitality and meat processing industries.
Timorese workers have a positive reputation for being hard working, willing to learn, friendly and respectful.
How to recruit workers from Timor-Leste
To recruit workers from Timor-Leste 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.
PALM scheme employers can recruit workers through open recruitment organised by the Secretariat of State for Vocational Training & Employment, nominations by employers and targeted recruitment.
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.
Citizens of Timor-Leste who wish to apply for short-term seasonal labour (up to 9 months) in Australia can email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or for longer term labour (up to 3 years) please contact (email@example.com). Otherwise, you can visit the Timor-Leste Government labour mobility website or the Timor-Leste Government labour mobility Facebook page for more information.
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.