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How do I apply for a PALM scheme visa?
  • The Subclass 403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Visa is a sponsored visa. This means workers must be invited to apply for the PALM scheme visa by an approved employer which is a temporary activities sponsor (TAS).
  • A TAS is an employer that has applied and been approved to become a sponsor through the Department of Home Affairs. It must meet certain sponsorship obligations.
  • Employers inviting workers to apply for the visa must also be an approved employer under the PALM scheme.
  • The key steps in recruiting workers are:
    • submit a recruitment request for PALM workers for endorsement by the LSU
    • submit a recruitment plan to the PLF (2-week processing period)
    • LSUs identify workers according to recruitment requirements
    • approved employers interview and select workers
    • approved employer sends offers of employment and contracts to workers to be signed offshore before departure
    • workers undertake police and health checks to meet visa requirements
    • visa applications are submitted to Home Affairs to be assessed
    • LSUs provide workers with pre-departure briefings (2 to 3 days) to educate workers on program requirements, Australian workplace laws and workers’ rights, Australian culture and life
    • approved employers complete digital passenger declarations for workers before they arrive in Australia
    • workers arrive in Australia by commercial or charter flight, and undertake briefing on arrival.
  • For further information, please refer to the Department of Home Affairs PALM scheme visa website page.
  • Workers who would like to register interest in participating in the scheme should contact the LSU in their country. Workers must be a minimum of 21 years of age to participate in the PALM scheme.
  • To start the process, go to www.palmscheme.gov.au/apply. You will be supported by the PLF (enquiries@pacificlabourfacility.com.au) throughout the process.