Labour agreements are used by employers when the standard temporary or permanent visa programs are not able to address their specific skill shortages.
The program allows approved businesses to sponsor skilled overseas workers when there is a demonstrated need that cannot be met in the Australian labour market. It may be required for niche positions or be used to accommodate specific exemptions for an individual that cannot otherwise obtain a work visa for Australia.
Labour agreements are negotiated between the Australian Government (represented by the Department of Home Affairs) and employers. They are generally in effect for five years and provide for visas to be granted under the 482, 494 or 186 visa program.
Labour agreements are a complex area of migration law. Employers who are looking to access company specific or designated area migration agreements should book a complimentary consultation with our Registered Migration Agent.