The Pacific Labour Scheme (the Scheme) officially commenced on 1 July 2018. The Scheme, which was announced by then Prime Minister Turnbull at the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Meeting on 8 September 2017, is an exciting new chapter in Australia’s engagement with Pacific island countries.
The Scheme enables citizens of select Pacific island countries (PICs) to take up low and semi-skilled work opportunities in rural and regional Australia for up to three years. Through these opportunities Pacific island workers will earn income and develop skills which will benefit their families and communities. The Pacific Labour Scheme will help fill labour gaps in Australia’s towns and on our farms, boosting economic activity and competitiveness in rural and regional Australia.