Tuvalu, one of the world's smallest independent nations, is made up of 9 low-lying coral atolls.
It has a total surface area of 26 km2 dispersed over 1.3 million km2 of the central Pacific.
Factsheet: Tuvalu at a glance [PDF 3.7 MB]
Why recruit workers from Tuvalu?
Workers from Tuvalu are experienced in agriculture, horticulture, hospitality and tourism, and fisheries and maritime work, as well as a range of other industries.
Tuvaluan workers have a strong track record of working in labour mobility programs in both Australia and New Zealand.
They have qualifications and skills across a range of industries relevant to Australian employers and are especially known throughout the world for their maritime skills. Thousands of Tuvaluans work abroad as seamen, cooks and marine engineers.
How to recruit workers from Tuvalu
To recruit workers from Tuvalu 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.
PALM scheme employers can recruit workers through the Tuvalu Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Trade, Tourism, Environment and Labour. Contact the Department of Labour by phone on (+688 20117) or email at (email@example.com) or (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.