On 14 December 2015, new criminal and civil penalties and visa cancellation provisions were introduced as part of a 'paying for visa sponsorship' framework that allows for sanctions to be imposed on a person who asks for, receives, offers or provides a benefit in return for visa sponsorship or employment (that requires visa sponsorship).
For further information, please see:
Work visa scams.
Employing skilled workers from overseas
Lawfully operating Australian employers can:
- Sponsor and employ skilled workers from overseas, if the worker has recognised qualifications and skills/or experience in a particular occupation required in Australia
See > Visa Options
Visa options for overseas skilled workers
Skilled workers can come to Australia with:
- An employer sponsored visa, or
- A General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa
Skilled visas for Australia comparison chart
Labour agreements to recruit skilled workers
A labour agreement is a formal arrangement between an employer and the Australian Government that allows the employer to recruit an agreed number of overseas skilled workers on a permanent or temporary basis.
Employers need to negotiate labour agreements individually with the Australian Government.
Identifying a workers occupation – ANZSCO
When a person applies for a skilled migrant or employer sponsored visa, they need to identify their occupation as listed in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).
Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO)
Employing legal workers
It is the responsibility of all Australian businesses to employ legal workers.
A person is a legal worker if they are:
- An Australian citizen
- An Australian permanent resident
- A New Zealand citizen, or
- A foreign national with a visa with permission to work in Australia
Employing legal workers
Checking a person’s visa entitlements – Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
You can check a foreign national’s visa status and entitlements (including if they have permission to work in Australia) online using Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).
Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
Connections – An employer’s guide to working with migrants and refugees
“Connections – An employer’s guide to working with migrants and refugees” provides information about:
- The benefits of working with migrants and refugees
- How the skills and experience of migrants and refugees can help you as an employer and business owner to:
- Enhance customer service
- Strengthen existing market share
- Expand into new markets
- Tips and resources to help you and your employees work together and understand each other better
Connections – An employer’s guide
Skills Australia needs – Events
The Australian government attends skilled migration events around the world. The events provide information to skilled workers on what it is like to work in Australia.
Australian employers can participate in the events and meet people with the skills and experience needed to fill job vacancies in Australia.
Skills Australia needs