Pacific Labour Scheme

Free webinars on changes to Horticulture Award

From the first pay period on or after 28 April 2022, there is a new minimum wage guarantee and new record keeping requirements for pieceworkers employed under the Horticulture Award. We are holding free webinars for employers and employees to take you through these changes.

Employer webinar 

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Employee webinar

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The Pacific Labour Scheme allows people from Pacific island countries to work in low and semi-skilled jobs in rural and regional Australia for up to 3 years.

About the Pacific Labour Scheme

The scheme is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to strengthening Australia’s engagement with the Pacific. It’s administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and supported by a managing contractor. For more information about the scheme, visit the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme website external-icon.png.

Our role in the scheme is to give advice and assistance to employers and employees to help them understand their workplace rights and obligations. Employees under the scheme have the same workplace rights as other employees in Australia.

The scheme’s focus sectors include:

  • accommodation and food services
  • health care and social assistance
  • non-seasonal agriculture, forestry and fishing. 

Employing Pacific Labour Scheme employees

To find out about how to get involved in the scheme, employers can visit the PALM scheme website external-icon.png.

Resources for Pacific Labour Scheme participants

Employers and employees involved in the scheme can use our Pacific Labour Scheme resources for participants. It includes links to:

  • the Fair Work Information Statement and the Pacific Labour Scheme fact sheet in various languages
  • language storyboards (short videos) in various languages on rights and obligations in Australian workplaces
  • tools and information on pay and conditions, taking time off work, workplace protections and getting help with workplace issues.

Visit our Language help page for more information and resources on workplace rights and obligations in over 30 languages.

Questions?

For information about the Pacific Labour Scheme, email the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at PacificLabourMobility@dfat.gov.au or visit the PALM scheme website external-icon.png.

For information and assistance on workplace entitlements, you can Call us.

If you need an interpreter, call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 13 14 50. Tell the operator the language you speak and ask the operator to telephone us on 13 13 94.

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