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The Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme is a demand-driven program that allows Australian employers to hire workers from 9 Pacific islands and Timor-Leste when there are not enough local workers available.

Once approved to recruit workers under the PALM scheme, employers can access workers to fill unskilled, low-skilled, or semi-skilled positions for seasonal jobs (up to 9 months) or for jobs between one and 4 years.

PALM scheme employers in the agriculture sector can be based anywhere in Australia, while for all other sectors employers must be based in a rural or regional location. All PALM scheme employers must undertake labour market testing to ensure Australians have priority for local jobs.

Protecting the rights and wellbeing of all workers

An important part of the PALM scheme recruitment process is demonstrating you can provide adequate support and appropriate living and working conditions for workers.

All Pacific and Timor-Leste workers participating in the PALM scheme are entitled to the same protections and have the same workplace rights as Australian workers.

Learn more about how to best support your workers.

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PALM scheme worker recruitment: Step by step

The following infographic outlines the key steps and timelines associated with recruitment.

PALM scheme recruitment process timeline