Labour Agreements and Global Talent Employer Sponsored
Labour Agreements enable approved businesses to sponsor skilled overseas workers when there is a demonstrated need that cannot be met in the Australian labour market and where standard temporary or permanent visa programs are not available.
Labour agreements are developed between the Australian Government (represented by the Department of Home Affairs) and employers. Agreements are generally in effect for five years and provide for visas to be granted for one or more of the following visa programs:
- TSS - Temporary Skill Shortage 482 Visa (temporary visa up to 2 or 4 years).
- ENS - Employer Nomination Scheme Visa (permanent residence).
- SESR -Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Provisional 494 Visa (temporary/permanent residence).
The Global Talent Employer Sponsored program allows employers to sponsor overseas workers for highly-skilled niche positions that cannot be filled:
- by Australian workers.
- through other standard visa programs, such as the Temporary Skill Shortage 482 Visa.
- businesses must be able to demonstrate that they can’t fill the position through existing skilled visa programs.
The GTES is designed to benefit the Australian economy and Australian workers. It aims to bring globally mobile, highly-skilled and specialised individuals to Australia who can act as job multipliers in Australian businesses, helping them to hire more local staff and fill critical areas of need.
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