Pacific Labour Scheme

The Pacific Labour Scheme is designed for businesses that are unable to find workers in rural and regional Australia, to help them fill low and semi-skilled jobs for up to three years. Key facts about the Scheme are that it:

  • allows citizens from Kiribati, Nauru, Tuvalu, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu (Pacific workers) to work in Australia

  • is open to all industries, with a focus on: accommodation and food services; health care and social assistance; and non-seasonal agriculture, forestry and fishing industries;

  • allows Pacific workers to work in Australia for between one and three years;

  • allows Pacific workers to fill low and semi-skilled jobs;

  • includes an initial annual cap of up to 2,000 workers in 2018-19;

  • is supported by the Pacific Labour Facility which provides assistance to workers and employers;

  • is employer-sponsored and requires labour market testing to ensure Australians have priority for local jobs;

  • is cost effective; and

  • contains protections to safeguard against worker exploitation.

The Pacific Labour Facility will provide support including:

  • assisting interested businesses to understand and access the Scheme;

  • connecting Australian businesses with Pacific workers;

  • providing pastoral care to Pacific workers;

  • administering the Scheme in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Information on the Scheme and the Pacific Labour Facility is included in the attached factsheets.  A self-assessment checklist is also provided to help businesses determine if they can access the Scheme. Further resources and information, including frequently asked questions and a video testimonial from an employer, are also available.

Enquiries about the Scheme can be sent to

Renegade Moss