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What is the Pacific Engagement Visa and how is it different to the PALM scheme?
  • The Pacific Engagement Visa (PEV) is a new permanent resident visa for participating countries across the Pacific and Timor-Leste. It is aimed at building greater people, cultural, business, and educational links between Australia, the Pacific and Timor-Leste.
  • The PALM scheme is a temporary migration program that will continue to help meet workforce shortages in rural and regional Australia, support the economic development of Pacific countries and Timor-Leste, and help workers build skills and experience.
  • PALM scheme participants in Australia on valid temporary visas will be eligible to enter the PEV ballot when registrations open.
  • For more information on the differences between the PALM scheme and PEV, please refer to the factsheet: [PDF 312 KB] | [DOCX 351 KB] and FAQs: [PDF 295 KB] | [DOCX 463 KB].