Accepting benefits in return for visa sponsorship
Criminal and civil penalties and visa cancellation provisions might be imposed on a person who asks for, receives, offers or provides a benefit in return for visa sponsorship or employment.
For further information, 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
Visa options for overseas skilled workers
Skilled workers can come to Australia with:
- Employer sponsored visas, or
- General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas
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).
See > Lists of eligible skilled occupations
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