Seasonal Worker Programme

The Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme streamlines the Australian Government’s labour initiatives, the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) and Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS). It will commence in April 2022 and be managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

A single, streamlined Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme

The SWP offers employers in the agriculture sector and in the accommodation sector (in mostly regional and rural areas) access to reliable seasonal labour when Australian workers are not available.

The PLS allows Pacific and Timorese workers to stay in Australia for between one and 3 years, giving agricultural employers nationally and rural and regional employers in any other sector, access to labour when they cannot fill jobs locally.

Australia will double the number of Pacific Workers in Australia under the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme – the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) and the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS). By March 2022, an additional 12,500 workers will be brought in to work in critical industries such as agriculture, hospitality, and aged care. This includes 10,000 under the SWP and 2,500 under the PLS.

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Pacific Australia Labour Mobility scheme includes both the Seasonal Worker Programme and the Pacific Labour Scheme