Pacific Labour Scheme

This scheme provides regional and rural employers looking for a longer-term labour solution with the opportunity to recruit low-skilled and semi-skilled workers from 9 Pacific island countries and Timor-Leste for between one and 3 years.

Application detail:

Apply at any time.

What do you get?

Access to a reliable workforce.

Who is this for?

Regional and rural businesses.


This scheme helps address workforce shortages in rural and regional Australia, while providing opportunities for Pacific and Timorese workers to gain experience, earn income and send remittances home to support their families and communities.

Under the scheme, approved employers are able to recruit workers from 9 participating Pacific island countries and Timor-Leste.

What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible to participate in this scheme, businesses must:

  • be based and operate in Australia
  • be located in rural or regional Australia
  • have an Australian business number (ABN) or Australian company number (ACN)
  • have a history of compliance with immigration and fair work requirements
  • have established employment and workplace policies and procedures.

To become an approved employer, you and your entity or business must satisfy a series of checks to ensure that you are reputable, financially sound and operationally able to fulfil the requirements of the Scheme.

How do you apply?

Find out more about eligibility and how to apply at Pacific Labour Scheme.