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What is the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility scheme?

The Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme allows accredited businesses that operate largely in rural and regional Australia to recruit workers from 9 Pacific island countries and Timor-Leste.

As part of the scheme, workers can be employed for up to 9 months under the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) – and can return in following years – or for between one and 3 years through the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS).

While participating businesses will still recruit workers through the existing SWP or PLS streams, the new application process will make it easier for PALM scheme employers to begin the process of finding the staff they need. For more information, please read this document: PALM scheme fact sheet [PDF 303 KB] | PALM scheme fact sheet [DOCX 207 KB].