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Employer Sponsored Visa Options

Lawfully operating Australian employers can sponsor and employ skilled workers who have recognised qualifications and skills/or experience in particular occupations required in Australia.

Labour Agreements

Labour Agreements are formal arrangements to recruit a number of overseas skilled workers on a permanent or temporary basis.

Visa Options Comparison Charts

Comparison charts of visa options for overseas skilled workers and employer sponsored options.

Outreach Officer Network

The Outreach Officer Network consists of Industry Outreach Officers and Union Outreach Officers who are outposted to industry and union hosts and Regional Outreach Officers who operate from DIAC offices.

Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO)

Information on the introduction of the ANZSCO occupation classification standard for visa skills assessments, and transitional arrangements for persons who have already had their skills assessed against the former Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) standard.

Doctors and Nurses

There are a number of ways in which an employer may sponsor an overseas trained doctor or nurse on a permanent or temporary basis.

Regional Employer Initiatives

Information about options available to encourage skilled migrants or temporary entrants to live and work in areas outside of Australia's major cities.

Employing Legal Workers

Information for employers including how to check if non-citizens are allowed to work. New laws came into effect on 1 June 2013 that introduce civil penalties and infringement notices for businesses that allow illegal work.

Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)

Registered Australian organisations can check a person's visa entitlements.

Connections - An employer's guide

Migrants and refugees bring considerable benefits to employers and businesses. These skills and experiences can help you, as employers and business owners, to enhance customer service, strengthen existing market share or expand into new markets, both in Australia and overseas. This guide provides some useful tips and resources to help you and your employees understand each other better, in turn improving the productivity of your business.

Australian Skills Recognition Information

Prospective employees can get an assessment of occupational qualifications, skills or experience gained overseas. Also find state-specific licensing and registration requirements.

Skills Australia Needs Events

Skills Australia Needs Events are designed to help meet the current skills shortage in Australia. Australian employers can participate in the events and meet people with the skills and experience needed to fill job vacancies in Australia.

Skill Matching Database

The department has decommissioned the Skill Matching Database. As of 1 July 2012 the database will be shutdown permanently. The introduction of SkillSelect has superseded the Skill Matching Database.

Last reviewed Wednesday 26 March 2014

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