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What is the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility scheme?
  • The Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme allows eligible Australian businesses to hire workers from 9 Pacific island countries and Timor-Leste when there are not enough local workers available. 
  • PALM scheme employers can hire workers to fill unskilled, low-skilled or semi-skilled positions for short-term placements of up to 9 months or long-term placements of between one and 4 years.
  • Short-term and long-term workers can be employed in any sector and in all regional and rural postcodes, except for agriculture and agriculture-related food product manufacturing, where there are no postcode restrictions.
  • Businesses who meet the eligibility criteria can apply to become an approved employer and hire from either or both cohorts of workers under the PALM scheme.