Information for employers
What visas can I support?
Attract overseas workers
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;
the worker's obligations; and
how to apply.
Eligibility requirements and criteria differ widely from visa to visa but generally the applicant worker must have the following:
proficiency in the English language;
their skills assessed or already possess relevant qualifications to the position; and
meet any age restrictions.
WA Migration Services is a regional certifying body for this visa. Visit our Certification of regional visas section for further information.
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 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.
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.
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.
The criteria for State nomination has been updated, meaning applicants affected by a Section 48 bar are now eligible for State nomination.
To view the updated criteria visit the About State nomination page.