Pacific Labour Scheme

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 Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's 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 get involved in the scheme, employers must:

Resources for Pacific Labour Scheme participants

Employers and employees involved in the scheme can use our Pacific Labour Scheme resources for participants. It includes Language storyboards (short videos) in various languages including Bislama and Samoan, to assist you to understand your rights and obligations in Australian workplaces.

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


For information about the Pacific Labour Scheme email the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at or visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's 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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