Labour Agreements enable approved businesses to sponsor skilled overseas workers when there is a demonstrated need that cannot be met from the Australian labour market, and regular temporary or permanent visa programs are not available.
The visa granted under a Labour Agreement stream can be either:
- Temporary Skills Shortage Visa (482 visa subclass)
- Employer Nomination Scheme Visa (186 visa subclass)
There are currently five different types of Labour Agreements.
- Company Specific Labour Agreements
These agreements are developed with an employer, if there is a genuine skills shortage that cannot be filled from the local labour market and are not listed in industry labour agreements or relevant project or designated area migration agreements.
- Global Talent Scheme (GTS) Agreements
GTS agreements are for employers to fill a small number of highly skilled roles which cannot be filled through existing skills entry programs. GTS visa processing is fast and flexible. An established business or a start-up business can apply for a GTS.
- Industry Labour Agreements
Industry agreements are prepared based on submissions from industry to address ongoing labour shortages. Currently there are eight industry agreements in place, and no further concessions will be considered other than those agreed within the industry agreement.
- Minister of Religion
- On- Hire
- Restaurant (Fine Dining)
- Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMA)
DAMA provides flexibility for states, territories or regions to respond to their unique economic and labour market conditions. There are several states and regional areas that have DAMA agreements with the Department. Project agreements are used to meet genuine skills or labour shortages experienced by specific development projects.
We can lodge a request for a Labour Agreement with the Department. To find out more or to discuss further please Contact Us