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New Milestone in Labour Mobility: Launch of the PALM Scheme Family Pilot

This week marks a significant development in the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme, with the introduction of a family accompaniment pilot by the Albanese Government. This innovative initiative will allow 200 PALM scheme workers, starting with those from Kiribati and Timor-Leste, the opportunity to bring their family members to Australia.

Understanding the challenges of family separation for workers from the Pacific and Timor-Leste who reside in Australia for prolonged periods, the government is taking proactive steps to support these individuals. This initiative is focused not only on reuniting families but also on strengthening the bonds between Australia and these Pacific regions.

The pilot program recognizes the significant contributions made by PALM scheme workers across various sectors and communities in Australia, emphasizing their vital role in the national economy.

In fulfilment of its election commitment, the Albanese Government is actively working on expanding and enhancing the PALM scheme. Since its election in 2022, there has been a substantial increase in the number of PALM workers in Australia.

The PALM scheme provides mutual benefits. It assists Australian employers in addressing labour shortages, particularly in regional areas, and offers skill development opportunities and financial benefits through remittances to the Pacific.

The initial phase of the pilot program is scheduled from 26 January to 23 February 2024, with a subsequent round anticipated later in the year.

#PALMScheme #LaborMobility #FamilyReunion #AlbaneseGovernment #AustraliaPacificPartnership #WorkforceDevelopment #RegionalEconomy #SkillDevelopment #CommunityBuilding #PolicyInnovation #LabourShortages #RegionalDevelopment

Source: PALM-Scheme-workers-can-now-apply-to-bring-family-to-Australia.pdf

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