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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. 

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Timor-Leste

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, as well as a range of other sectors.

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 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 open recruitment organised by the Secretariat of State for Vocational Training & Employment, nominations by employers and targeted recruitment.

For more information on recruiting workers through the SWP please contact ( For PLS information contact (

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 (, or for longer term labour (up to 3 years) please contact ( 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.