Are you eligible to become an Approved Employer?

The Australian Government has established guidelines for employers interested in recruiting unskilled, low-skilled and semi-skilled workers from Pacific island countries or Timor-Leste.

Find out how to apply

Choose the scheme that suits your needs

If you have short-term, seasonal labour needs, you can apply to recruit unskilled workers from Pacific island countries and Timor-Leste via the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP). To find out more, visit the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business’ SWP website.

If you need low-skilled or semi-skilled workers for one to three years, and your business meets our eligibility criteria, you can apply to become an Approved Employer with the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS).

Checklist: Find out if you can join the Pacific Labour Scheme

  • Is your business based in Australia? Does it operate in Australia?
  • Is your business located in rural or regional Australia? See the list of eligible postcodes below.
  • Is your business in need of non-seasonal labour that can’t be met by Australian workers?
  • Does your business have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or Australian Company Number (ACN)?
  • Is your business able to demonstrate at least three years of financial solvency?
  • Does your business have a history of compliance with immigration and fair work requirements?
  • Does your business have established employment and workplace policies and procedures?

If you answered “yes” for each of these questions, you can complete our online prospective employer questionnaire, or download a copy of the questionnaire, fill it out and email it to

Are you based in rural or regional Australia?

To be eligible, you must be based in rural or regional Australia. The following postcodes are currently considered to be part of rural and regional Australia for the PLS.


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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
Visit the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business website
How to apply to join the Pacific Labour Scheme as an Approved Employer
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