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

See > Visa Options

Visa options for overseas skilled workers

Skilled workers can come to Australia with:

  • Employer sponsored visas, or
  • General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas

See > 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.

See > Labour agreements

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

See > 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).

See > 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

See > Connections – An employer’s guide