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There are a number of eligibility requirements for employers interested in recruiting workers from Pacific island countries and Timor-Leste for unskilled, low-skilled, and semi-skilled positions through the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme.

Pacific worker on tractor

What do you need to become a PALM scheme employer?

To be eligible to join the PALM scheme, you will need to demonstrate that you:

  • are an eligible business registered and operating in Australia
  • are NOT an individual, sole trader or unincorporated company.

In addition, you must meet a set of eligibility criteria to ensure you are able to fulfil the requirements of the scheme. The full list of criteria  is found on the employer application form.

Where are you based?

Eligibility for employers seeking to recruit through the PALM scheme is based on rural and regional postcodes, except for employers in the agriculture sector, where there are no postcode restrictions.


Eligible postcodes for all sectors for the PLS and SWP (for agriculture sector employers all postcodes in Australia are eligible)

Australian Capital Territory

All postcodes in the Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales (excluding Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong metropolitan areas)

2250 to 2251, 2256 to 2263, 2311 to 2312, 2328 to 2411, 2415, 2420 to 2490, 2536 to 2551, 2575 to 2594, 2618 to 2739, 2787 to 2898

Norfolk Island

All postcodes in Norfolk Island

Northern Territory

All postcodes in the Northern Territory

Queensland (excluding Brisbane and Gold Coast metropolitan areas)

4124 to 4125, 4133, 4211, 4270 to 4272, 4275, 4280, 4285, 4287, 4307 to 4499, 4515, 4517 to 4519, 4522 to 4899

South Australia

All postcodes in South Australia


All postcodes in Tasmania

Victoria (excluding the Melbourne metropolitan area)

3211 to 3334, 3340 to 3424, 3430 to 3649, 3658 to 3749, 3753, 3756, 3758, 3762, 3764, 3778 to 3781, 3783, 3797, 3799, 3816 to 3909, 3921 to 3925, 3945 to 3974, 3979, 3981 to 3996

Western Australia (excluding the Perth metropolitan area)

6041 to 6044, 6083 to 6084, 6121 to 6126, 6161, 6200 to 6799

Apply to become a PALM scheme employer

If you have checked your eligibility and want to become a PALM scheme approved employer you can fill out an online application form.

You can also read an information-only version of the form before you start: Employer application form - reference only.