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Labour Mobility

Labour Mobility

APTC maintains a strong partnership with the governments of Pacific nations and Timor-Leste. Our shared goal is to bolster both regional and international labour mobility, strategically aiming for a net increase in skills within the Pacific region. To achieve this, we offer training that aligns with the demands of the overseas labour market, as well as equipping individuals with work-ready skills to improve their employability abroad.


APTC and Labour Mobility

Given the ongoing reliance on labor mobility by Pacific Island Countries (PICs) as a strategy for economic recovery in the wake of recent global health challenges, APTC has established a training profile. This profile is designed to meet both national and international labour mobility demands and aims to achieve a net skills gain. It involves strategic positioning and analysis, high-level representation, advocacy, and engagement with stakeholders. Fostering a sense of ownership among countries and encourages collaboration and coordination with the Pacific Labour Facility (PLF), Labour Sending Units (LSUs), and other relevant parties. The approach is tailored to each country’s specific needs and includes initiatives that promote gender equality, disability inclusion, and social inclusivity.

To ensure the effectiveness of these efforts, APTC has implemented enhanced monitoring, evaluation, and learning mechanisms. Additionally, we have developed targeted communications to support labour mobility. This comprehensive approach ensures that our training programs are responsive, inclusive, and beneficial to all stakeholders involved. 

APTC offers a diverse range of training programs within its profile. These include specific ‘Work Ready’ programs and other courses tailored to meet industry-specific needs. The training equips students with skills that are potentially required by overseas employers, preparing them for international work environments. This includes supplementary training in financial management, health, well-being, and understanding international expectations.

While the training is designed to give students an edge in securing employment through various labour mobility schemes, it’s important to note that successful completion of the training does not guarantee employment.

We also offer a range of microcredentials, which can be accessed here. These short courses are available free of charge on the APTC online learning platform. Our microcredentials are concise, highly focused courses aimed at helping you enhance a specific skill. They are designed to boost your career prospects and keep you up-to-date in your field.


Alumni Jobs Portal

APTC has launched the Alumni jobs portal.  This portal has been developed to assist potential employers to directly connect with suitable APTC Graduates for potential employment opportunities.  To register either as an employer or alumni please click on this link:


Our Partners in Labour Mobility

We partner with the Pacific Labour Facility (PLF) to train Pacific workers to meet workforce demands by Australian employers under the PALM Scheme where there are not enough Australian workers to fill this demand.

The Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme allows eligible Australian businesses to hire workers from 9 Pacific islands and Timor-Leste when there are not enough local workers available.

Through the PALM scheme, eligible businesses can recruit workers for seasonal jobs for up to 9 months or longer-term roles for between one and 4 years in unskilled, low-skilled and semi-skilled positions

How to apply in your country

Citizens of Pacific Island Countries and Timor-Leste who want to participate in the PALM scheme should contact their country’s Labour Sending Unit.  Please see the current contact details here

APTC works closely with national governments in supporting their labour mobility priorities and with stakeholders including the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, International Labour Organization, and International Organization for Migration.



Labour Mobility Briefs and Papers

  • Prepare by Carmen Voigt-Graf ILO, released on 14 September 2022

Climate Change and Labour Mobility in Pacific Island Countries

  • Reports released by the World Bank released on 15 November 2023
Pacific Labour Mobility - The Benefits, Concerns and Opportunities

Research and Policy Recommendations on Labour Mobility

Pacific Labour Mobility Annual Meetings

Alternative text - include a link Labour Mobility Factsheet

APTC is an Australian Government initiative in partnership with the Pacific and Timor-Leste.

APTC is implemented by TAFE Queensland (RTO 0275)

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