Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is expected to tell a Pacific leaders forum next month of a pilot plan to allow guest workers into Australia.
Pacific nations have long called for Australia to ease visa restrictions and allow workers from neighbouring island states to take unfilled jobs.
With economic opportunities scarce on many Pacific islands, they believe a guest worker scheme will provide a much-needed cash boost and help islanders gain new skills.
Australia has been reluctant to embrace the scheme, but the government has agreed to consider the proposal after it sees the results of a New Zealand trial. Continues here