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International Labour Mobility

International Labour Mobility

The Australian Government operates two international labour mobility schemes to support Australian industry, and to build stronger people-to-people links with our region. These include the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) Scheme, which focus on labour mobility opportunities for the Pacific and Timor Leste in Australia; and the new Australian agriculture visa which is currently being developed.

Image or worker sorting fruit on the back of a cart/tractor on a farm.
Credit: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

PALM Scheme

The Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) Scheme is the Australian Government's new, streamlined approach to its highly valued Pacific labour mobility initiatives.

The PALM Scheme allows eligible employers to recruit workers from 9 Pacific island countries and Timor-Leste when there are not enough Australian workers available.

There are 2 initiatives in the PALM Scheme: the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) for jobs up to 9 months and the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) for jobs between one and 3 years.

SWP workers can be employed in the agriculture sector across Australia. In the accommodation sector SWP workers can work jobs based mostly in rural and regional areas. Through the PLS, workers can be employed in the agriculture sector nationally and in rural and regional Australia in all other sectors.

See more information about Pacific Labour Mobility

The Australian Agriculture Visa

The Australian Government is introducing an agriculture visa to address workforce shortages in Australia’s primary industries. The visa will be available to workers across a range of agricultural industries, including meat processing and the fishery and forestry sectors. It will supplement the successful Pacific labour programs that have been invaluable to the agriculture sector, responding to industry needs for a flexible workforce, while maintaining high labour standards.

See more information about the Agriculture Visa

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