Individuals and Travellers

On-hire industry labour agreement

​​​​​This page provides information regarding the On-Hire Industry Labour Agreement (OHLA) which allows employers to sponsor overseas workers on a temporary basis to be employed in certain eligible occupations and assigned to work at a third party. They must remain the direct employer of the workers.  

The terms and conditions of the OHLA have already been established and are non-negotiable.

The key settings are summarised in the table below. Industry employers who wish to request a OHLA must demonstrate that they can meet these requirements. A copy of the template agreement is also available – see Labour agreements.

For information on how to request a OHLA  – see Information about requesting a labour agreement (116KB PDF).   

Key settings

Visa subclass Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482)
​Occupation​On-hire employers can only nominate occupations that are listed on the List of eligible skilled occupations for the TSS visa program, for up to four years depending on the occupation.
​Occupation tasks​Duties of nominated occupation(s) must be consistent with the relevant occupation code under ANZSCO.
English language

Overseas skilled workers must meet English language requirements in place for the Short-term stream of the TSS visa.

Skills, qualifications and experience Standard TSS requirements apply in terms of skills, qualifications and experience.

Overseas workers must be:

  • engaged full time
  • paid by the on-hire company and not by a third party.

The monetary benefits of the nominee's annual earnings for a 38 hour week must not be less than:

  • AU$65,000 and
  • what an Australian performing equivalent work in the approved sponsor's workplace at the same location would receive on an annual basis.
Nomination requirements

Evidence of labour market testing must accompany nominations lodged in accordance with this agreement. This evidence should meet TSS visa program requirements.

Employers must also provide a signed copy of the contracts between them and:

  • the overseas worker
  • the organisation where the overseas worker will be placed.