Pacific labour mobility

An Australian Government initiative that connects workers with rural and regional Australian businesses and supports the economic prosperity of 9 Pacific islands and Timor-Leste.

Which countries are involved?

New recruitments delayed

International travel restrictions and quarantine requirements of states and territories are significantly delaying new recruitments under the Pacific Labour Scheme at this time.

Consequently, we are currently focusing on the highest recruitment priorities of current approved employers and pausing new approved employer applications, until prospects for recruitment by new approved employers improve.

We will keep you informed of changes to the current situation and thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Coronavirus: Health and travel advice

Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. To protect yourself against infection, you should wash your hands regularly, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, and avoid close contact with others.

People who have coronavirus may have a fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath. If you think you have the virus, first call your doctor or a medical clinic. 

For the latest government health advice, please visit the Department of Health coronavirus web page, or for the latest travel advice, visit the Smartraveller website.

Want to find out more?

For more information, advice and resources about COVID-19 for Pacific labour mobility employers and workers, please visit our Pacific labour mobility coronavirus page.


Plane image by @tanzia45 re-used from Flickr Creative Commons.

Pacific Labour Scheme workers in Australia

(Numbers refer to workers currently in Australia, not the number of visas that have been issued)