Summary

The Australian Government has taken the initial steps to prepare for the Agricultural visa program – Pacific region (temporarily called the Agricultural Visa). This new visa stream is expected to come into effect at the end of September 2021.

 

 

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.

Pacific island countries and Timor-Leste are culturally diverse, and their workers have unique attributes that make them well suited to different kinds of employment in Australia.

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.

Benefits for both employers and workers
The PALM scheme helps to address workforce shortages and provides Australian employers with access to a pool of reliable, productive workers to meet their labour needs.
By providing Pacific and Timorese workers with jobs, income and the chance to increase their skills, the scheme also supports the economic growth of our neighbouring countries.

Key information for workers
If you are a resident of one of the 10 participating countries and want to join the PALM scheme as a worker, you will need to:

Check your eligibility
contact your country’s labour sending unit
obtain a valid visa

Stay up to date on COVID-19 information
In response to COVID-19, the Australian Government introduced temporary changes to visa arrangements for affected SWP and PLS workers. These changes allow Pacific and Timorese workers to continue working in Australia during the pandemic.

Which countries are involved?

Pacific island countries and Timor-Leste are culturally diverse, and their workers have unique attributes that make them well suited to different kinds of employment in Australia.

 

Source: https://www.palmscheme.gov.au/countries?fbclid=IwAR3wKpZy5p50QXpzhQXMKoLPeuqDR9ayYNYHhQiOWjynNKXXCLEdE9v9Wbw

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