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Family accompaniment pilot - selection process

1. Application

Applications can be submitted via the family accompaniment pilot - employers page from 26 January to 23 February 2024. Workers will need to provide a signed worker application form to their employer.
Employers then submit one application and will need to attach all worker application form(s).

2. Assessment against eligibility criteria

All applications will be assessed against the eligibility criteria. Meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee selection for the pilot as there are limited places available.

3. Assessment against selection criteria

All eligible applications will be considered against the selection criteria. The selection criteria may include:

  • access to services such as schools, medical facilities and childcare
  • availability and affordability of accommodation in the location
  • grouping/clustering families to better facilitate support networks
  • excluding workers found to have been responsible for a critical incident
  • cost of living analysis
  • consideration of employer performance in the PALM scheme
  • the location has access to community and diaspora support networks
  • achieving representation of workers from all participating countries and a mix of industries in the pilot.

4. Approval

Employers and workers selected to participate in the pilot will be notified by email in March 2024. Applicants that have not been selected will also be notified.

5. Visa process

Families selected to participate in the pilot will then need to apply for visas. The approved employer will submit the visa applications on behalf of the family members. Workers and family members will be responsible for paying the cost of the visa.