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Family accompaniment pilot - for employers

What is the family accompaniment pilot?


The family accompaniment pilot will offer up to 200 long-term Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme workers the opportunity to bring their families to Australia.

Participants will be selected through 2 selection processes. The first selection process has now concluded. The second process will be open to eligible long-term PALM scheme workers from Fiji, Kiribati, Timor-Leste, Tonga and Vanuatu

Any employer interested in participating in the family accompaniment pilot must have completed an expression of interest before Friday 7 June 2024.

The second selection process will be delivered in 2 stages.

Stage 1 - an EOI process for interested employers (now closed)

Employers must have submitted an EOI. EOIs will be assessed to check whether employers meet the eligibility criteria. Only employers who meet the eligibility criteria at the EOI stage will be able to submit an application for workers to participate in the pilot.  

Stage 2 - application process for employers and workers (coming soon)

The application process will open in July 2024. Eligible employers can submit a formal application via the PALM scheme website. The employer application will need to include all application forms from individual workers. Any application received directly from a worker will be ineligible.

To participate, employers, workers and families must also meet certain eligibility criteria.

Please note: You may be approached by workers asking if you would like to support their application. It is important to make sure, to the best of your knowledge, any workers applying meet the worker and family eligibility requirements.

This initiative is a pilot and guidance documents are subject to updates made at the discretion of the Australian Government.

Read further details about employers' eligibility criteria.

Find out more about how the selection process works.

What are my obligations in relation to the pilot?

If you choose to participate in the family accompaniment pilot, you will have additional obligations under the deed and guidelines. These are included in an annexure to the guidelines. You will have to:

  • express support for the worker to bring their family to Australia by completing the application on behalf of the worker
  • submit the visa application on behalf of accompanying family members
  • report the arrival of family members, and if any family member did not arrive as expected and why (if known)
  • provide details of the PALM scheme support service phone number (1800 51 51 31) to families on arrival
  • notify the nominated contact point as soon as possible, and no later than 24 hours after becoming aware of any serious incident involving a family member (i.e. death, serious injury or illness resulting in hospital treatment, criminal matters including arrest or as a victim of crime, family violence, or a child protection matter)
  • assist the worker to identify and secure suitable accommodation for a family prior to the family arriving in Australia (this is limited to non-financial support, i.e. providing real estate agent contact details, support shortlisting suitable properties and providing rental application references - the worker is responsible for securing accommodation prior to the family arriving)
  • extend availability of the onshore worker departure briefing to the worker’s partner/spouse before they return home if they wish to participate.

Do you need more information?

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the family accompaniment pilot.