The Pacific Labour Scheme (the Scheme) offers eligible Australian employers access to workers from participating Pacific island countries who have been able to demonstrate that they cannot source suitable Australian labour. Workers under the Pacific Labour Scheme can be employed in Australia for up to three (3) years.
Palladium has been contracted by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to provide a range of services to support employers, labour sending countries and workers to engage with the Scheme. The Pacific Labour Facility (PLF) commenced supporting the Scheme in late 2018.
DFAT has introduced a screening process to ensure Australian employers meet the Government criteria for participation in the Scheme. This application form is the first step in the process. Other steps will include a site visit to your business premises, a financial assessment and signing the Deed of Agreement, which outlines the responsibilities of all parties. The Department of Home Affairs and the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) will also undertake necessary integrity checks. Employers under the Scheme will also be required to become a Temporary Activities Sponsor with the Department of Home Affairs.
DFAT supports the operation of the Scheme in partnership with other Australian Government departments and Pacific island countries’ Government agencies. Australian Government agencies include the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE), the Department of Home Affairs and the FWO.
Australian employers interested in becoming an Approved Employer under the Scheme are required to complete all parts of the application form below. Applicants are requested to provide detailed answers to the questions asked on the application form.
This information will assist us to determine your eligibility to participate in the Scheme. To ensure timely processing of your application, please provide complete and accurate information and respond to questions fully and truthfully at the time of submission.
Should you require further information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Pacific Labour Scheme Approved Employer is an Australian Entity that has:
a) submitted an application to become an employer of workers under the Scheme;
b) had their application assessed and approved by DFAT; and
c) signed a Deed of Agreement with the Government of Australia, represented by DFAT, to participate in the Scheme.
An employer cannot recruit or commence recruitment under the Scheme until they have met all of the above conditions.
To participate in the Scheme an Entity must complete this application form online and submit it, or download a pdf version of the application form, fill it out and submit it (with the required documents) to email@example.com.
To become an Approved Employer under the Scheme, an Entity must demonstrate that it:
Individuals, sole traders, unincorporated entities and family trusts are not eligible businesses for the purposes of the Scheme.
Entities who operate on a contractor business model may be eligible if they have five (5) years of continuous operation and a history of compliance with workplace relations and immigration laws.
The directors or partners or trustees have a history of compliance with the above laws, and where there has been non-compliance this is disclosed.
The definition of rural and regional Australia may be amended by the Australian Government from time to time. Generally, it excludes:
The following postcodes are currently considered part of rural and regional Australia:
|Australian Capital Territory||All postcodes in the Australian Capital Territory|
|New South Wales (excluding Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong)||2250 to 2251, 2256 to 2263, 2311 to 2312, 2328 to 2411, 2415, 2420 to 2490, 2536 to 2551, 2575 to 2594, 2618 to 2739, 2787 to 2898|
|Norfolk Island||All postcodes in Norfolk Island|
|Northern Territory||All postcodes in the Northern Territory|
|Queensland||4124 to 4125, 4133, 4211, 4270 to 4272, 4275, 4280, 4285, 4287, 4307 to 4499, 4515, 4517 to 4519, 4522 to 4899|
|South Australia||All postcodes in South Australia|
|Tasmania||All postcodes in Tasmania|
|Victoria (excluding the Melbourne metropolitan area)||3211 to 3334, 3340 to 3424, 3430 to 3649, 3658 to 3749, 3753, 3756, 3758, 3762, 3764, 3778 to 3781, 3783, 3797, 3799, 3816 to 3909, 3921 to 3925, 3945 to 3974, 3979, 3981 to 3996|
|Western Australia (excluding the Perth metropolitan area)||6041 to 6044, 6083 to 6084, 6121 to 6126, 6200 to 6799|