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Is the new scheme expected to bring more workers into Australia?

The PALM scheme will be demand driven and uncapped, meaning there is no limit on the number of workers who can arrive, subject to employers demonstrating they have first tried to recruit Australians.

More than 14,000 Pacific and Timorese workers have arrived since recruitments recommenced in September 2020, bringing the total number of workers in Australia to more than 18,000 – the highest number we have ever had.

There are currently 55,000 Pacific and Timorese workers pre-screened and willing to come to Australia to take up jobs.

In August 2021, the Prime Minister committed to scaling up arrivals of Pacific workers in response to labour market needs, with a doubling of worker numbers by March 2022.