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Results for Pacific Australia Labour Mobility

Thursday 14 March 2024

Manuka ACT, Australia
The Pacific Australia Labour Mobility scheme lures workers from Pacific Island Nations and Timor-Leste with promises of opportunity and money. Yet once workers arrive in Australia, they have to face the reality of poor working and living conditions. Tonga is home to one of the largest cohorts of Pacific Islanders who come to work in Australia on PALM visas - equivalent to 9% of the Tongan working age population. The bigger issue with this kind of temporary labour scheme is the impact they have on Pacific economies. The PALM Scheme is large, and it is growing – fast. By Alexia Adhikari