Stephen Howes

Stephen Howes is Director of the Development Policy Centre and Professor of Economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University.

Athaulla Rasheed

Athaulla Rasheed was a research officer at the Development Policy Centre. He is a PhD candidate at the Department of Pacific Affairs at the Australian
National University. His focus is on international relations, particularly on small island developing states, climate change and international politics and security.

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  • Hi, Stephen am working in Australia for three years now under the PALM scheme but currently am on holiday and I will return August. But I really interested to apply. Is it still okay for me to apply while I on holiday in my country?

    • 100%. You can apply from anywhere in the world, as long as you have access to the internet, meet the other criteria (age, citizenship, and birthplace) and have a passport (which you obviously do).

  • Hi Stephen,
    Thanks for sharing this vital information. I am quite interested in this program, however, I will be turning 46 this December. I understand that the post-selection period may take awhile. Do you think this will affect my eligibility to participate? Thanks again!

  • Hello,
    I’m from PNG, I applied for the Palm seasonal work scheme two months ago,I’m still waiting for my call, currently this month, I registered for the PEV,,,do you think I have a chance for the PEV,,,or is it gonna affect my palm application,,, please reply, thank you.

    • The PEV ballot hasn’t opened yet, so there is no way you could have registered yet. Make sure you weren’t scammed. The PEV ballot opens June 3. You will certainly have a chance if you enter the ballot, and it won’t affect your PALM application.

    • Provided you are from one of the participating countries (from the list in the article, but not yet confirmed exactly which ones will be participating), and you meet the other criteria set out in the article (have a passport, meet the birth criterion, and are of the right age) you can apply from your country or from Australia.

    • Yes, provided you are from one of the participating countries, definitely. The potential list of participating countries is in the article. Most countries are expected to participate, but not necessarily all. We’ll definitely provide an update when the list of participating countries is known.

    • As per the earlier query, provided you are from one of the participating countries (from the list in the article, but not yet confirmed exactly which ones will be participating), and you meet the other criteria set out in the article (have a passport, meet the birth criterion, and are of the right age) you can apply from your country or from Australia.

  • Hi, I am Joao Freitas. I’ve been in Australia since 2019 till now and I am really interested.
    However I am bridging visa A holder.

  • For Papua new Guinea, police clearance certificates normally take a while. Hopefully the eight months grace period can be enough.

  • The age restriction 18-45 is already a barrier to those who have just turned 46 and are currently on the PALM scheme in Australia for one or two years now and will be there for 4 years. Will they be given an opportunity to apply as I am sure this visa will be of very high interest to them as well. Can there be special considerations for under 50 ? (Solomon Islands case).

  • What happens in the event the quota for country A is met, but the applicants fail to meet the post-selection process such as English language test, failure to secure a job, or character and health checks? Will there be a second (or third) rounds of random selection process to fill the quota?

    The post selection requirements, which seem easy to many, are actually difficult for a region where English is not the first language, have huge rural populations – most without formal IDs, and police and health clearance/checks combined which cost half of minimum wage (in PNG’s case).

    • Hi Michael, Those are very good points. From what I understand either more “ballot winners” will be announced than there are visa places AND/OR visa shortfalls will be made up the following year by an increased number of visas.

      I agree with you that the post-selection criteria will not be easy to meet. The pre-selection criteria won’t be easy and I encourage anyone thinking of applying for the PEV to apply for a passport now.

      Regards

      Stephen

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