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What is labour market testing?
  • Labour market testing is an important part of the recruitment process. It ensures Australian jobseekers are given the opportunity to take up jobs before they are offered to workers under the PALM scheme.
  • Under the PALM scheme, employers must submit evidence of labour market testing for each recruitment application. The validity of labour market testing has been increased and will remain valid for 12 months, which reduces red tape for employers.
  • Workers can only be recruited where PALM scheme employers can demonstrate unmet labour need and have genuinely attempted to employ suitable Australian workers first. An Australian worker is an Australian citizen or permanent resident.