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​​Depending on your requirements, you may be able to sponsor workers on either a temporary visa or a permanent visa. Below is a brief outline of the current visa ​options. If you think any of them might suit your business needs, check the Department of Home Affairs website to find out:

  • the most up to date information;

  • how each visa works;

  • eligibility requirements;

  • your obligations;

  • the worker's obligations; and

  • how to apply. 

 

Eligibility requirements

Eligibility requirements and criteria differ widely from visa to visa but generally the applicant worker must have the following:

  • proficiency in the English language;

  • good health;

  • good character;

  • their skills assessed or already possess relevant qualifications to the position; and

  • meet any age restrictions.

 

Temporary visas

Temporary skill shortage visa (subclass 482) (this replaced the subclass 457 visa)

This visa allows employees to work in Australia temporarily. They may also be able to bring in eligible family members.

Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for more information.

Labour agreements

Labour agreements are formal arrangements between an employer and the Commonwealth which allow for the recruitment of an agreed number of overseas skilled workers.

This program allows you to employ overseas workers on temporary or permanent visas. 

Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for more information.

 

Permanent visas

Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)

This visa allows employers to nominate skilled workers for a permanent residence visa. You must be able to offer a position that is full time and ongoing for at least two years.

Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for more information.

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187)

This visa allows employers to nominate skilled workers for a permanent residence visa who want to work in regional Australia.

See the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme section for more information.

 

Other visa options

The Department of Home Affairs website has a visa finder that shows a range of visas that may be available to your potential worker. Talking to a migration agent could also be helpful.

A list of registered migration agents is available from the Department of Home Affairs
Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority.  

News

Changes to the Graduate Stream of the State Nomination Migration Program

The State Nomination Migration Program (SNMP) Graduate stream will soon be more accessible for international students who study in Western Australia.

On 16 October 2019 Premier Mark McGowan announced that the Graduate Stream of the SNMP will be extended to include vocational education and training (VET) graduates who complete a qualification in Western Australia at Certificate III level or above, excluding trade occupations (unless approved for delivery to international students).  

For information on the current Graduate Stream of the State Nomination Migration Scheme requirements visit the State nomination requirements page.

Fun Fact
The world’s oldest form of living organisms (stromatolites) can be found in Western Australia.