Employing and sponsoring workers

​If you are an Australian employer and want to employ a foreign national, it is important that you become familiar with Australia's obligations. It is the responsibility of all Australian businesses to employ legal workers.

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Employer hub

The Employer hub provides information for employers who are seeking to employ foreign nationals. This includes sponsoring skilled workers to Australia when an appropriately skilled Australian cannot be found to fill a position, as well as employing visa holders currently in Australia.


SkillSelect is an online service that helps Australia manage its skilled migration programme. It helps to ensure that the skilled migration programme is based on Australia’s economic needs. It supports the government in managing who can apply for skilled migration, when they can apply and in what numbers. As a result, the time taken to process a visa application is significantly reduced.

SkillSelect can help you quickly and easily identify potential skilled workers with the essential skills and attributes needed to fill skill shortages, and to contact them. This has a number of benefits for business, including the ability to reduce overseas advertising and recruitment costs, as well as helping address regional skill shortages. For further information about SkillSelect or AUSKey, please refer to the Department's SkillSelect information.

If you have an AUSKey and would like to log into SkillSelect, please refer to the employer’s login on the SkillSelect website.