Pacific Engagement Visa

On 25 October 2022, as part of the Federal Budget, the Australian Government announced the Pacific Engagement Visa (PEV) to boost Pacific permanent migration to Australia and build a stronger Pacific family. The PEV will grow Australia’s Pacific and Timor-Leste diaspora and encourage greater cultural, business, and educational exchange.

Up to 3,000 visas will be allocated annually by a ballot process across Pacific countries and Timor‑Leste. Those selected from the ballot will be invited to apply for permanent residence. Applicants will need to secure a written employment agreement in Australia and meet other migration requirements to be eligible for the visa. Applicants may include their partner and legally dependent children, as part of the total annual visa allocation.

The PEV is being designed in close consultations with partner governments and Pacific communities to ensure the program meets the needs and priorities of a peaceful, prosperous, and resilient Pacific family.

Applications for the ballot will be able to be lodged online with the Department of Home Affairs from July 2023.

Further Information about the process will be made available prior to commencement.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What are the eligibility requirements to participate in the PEV?

The PEV will include the following requirements:

  • Applicants will be selected through the ballot process.
  • Applicants must be aged between 18 and 45 years.
  • Applicants can include their partners and legally dependent children in their application.
  • Applicants must have a formal job offer in Australia.
  • Applicants must meet English language, character and health requirements.
  • Government consultations will inform further program settings and details, including ballot and visa eligibility requirements.

Further information on PEV eligibility and visa requirements will be made available prior to July 2023.

What support services will PEV participants have access to in Australia?

Opportunities for positive community engagement and integration is critical to supporting the shared needs of participants, partner governments and Australia. The program will include measures to support positive settlement outcomes and access to basic levels of economic security including early access to a range of benefits to support the cost of raising a family and ease the financial burden of education and training.

As permanent residents, PEV participants will, if eligible, have access to services and support, including:

Will successful applicants have a choice where they would like to reside in Australia?

As this visa is a permanent visa, applicants will be free to choose where they would like to live, work and study in Australia.

How will PEV participants be supported to find employment and prepare for life in Australia?

The Australian Government will establish a regional resource to work directly with successful applicants to connect them with employers in Australia, providing access to a variety of roles at a range of skill levels.

The regional resource will also guide successful applicants through the visa application process, deliver culturally and language relevant program outreach and inform applicants about life in Australia.