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Resources and Tools For Employers

A number of other organisations provide services, tools and resources to help Victorian employers connect with skilled migrants and navigate Australia’s skilled migration program.

Select a link for a list of relevant contacts, services or resources:

Finding global talent

Recruitment agents

Recruitment agents can assist you to source and employ suitable talent from overseas markets.

To find a recruitment agent visit the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association’s Member Index, which lists recruiters by industry area and location.

Visas and immigration

Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)

DIBP is the Australian Government department responsible for visas and immigration.

Telephone: 13 18 81
Web: www.border.gov.au

Employers can call this number for general information on all temporary and permanent visa categories.

DIBP’s Visa Finder can help you find the Australian visa most likely to meet your specific circumstances. 

DIBP’s Migration Blog provides information about skilled migration in Australia. Labour market and migration policy experts discuss the latest program information, providing a context for the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of skilled migration.

DIBP Global Feedback Unit

DIBP’s Global Feedback Unit has been set up as a facility for clients to provide feedback on any aspect of the services provided or funded by the Department, including alleged fraud against the Department.

Employers or third party representatives should check processing times for visas, on the DIBP website and continue to use their assigned case officer as the main contact point for routine enquires about the progress of visa applications.

The Global Feedback Unit should only be used if employers or third party representatives are looking to lodge a complaint or provide a compliment.

Telephone: 133 177
Web: www.border.gov.au/about/contact/provide-feedback#i

SkillSelect

The Australian Government’s online SkillSelect system can connect employers with skilled workers who are interested in living and working in Australia.

Web: www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Skil

Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA)

MARA is the registering body for migration agents in Australia and provides information about finding and using a migration agent.

Telephone: 1300 226 272
Web: www.mara.gov.au

Regional Certifying Bodies (RCB)

Regional Certifying Bodies (RCBs) are organisations approved (gazetted) by the Commonwealth Government to have a role in assessing Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) applications. RCBs provide advice on the employer nomination under the RSMS before it can be approved by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

The following Victorian Government Business Offices (VGBO) do not accept RSMS nominations:

  • Geelong VGBO
  • Ballarat VGBO
  • Wodonga VGBO
  • Wangaratta VGBO

Find your local Regional Certifying Body in Victoria

All RSMS nominations are to be lodged with the relevant bodies in these regions.

Skills, qualifications, licensing and training

Australian Skills Recognition Information (ASRI)

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection website provides information on how to get a skills assessment including who to contact for a skills assessment, or for licensing and registration.

Web: www.border.gov.au/Lega/Lega/Form/Immi-FAQs/how-do-i-get-a-skills-assessment

Victorian Overseas Qualifications Unit

The Overseas Qualifications Unit (OQU) can help an employer to appropriately interpret an overseas qualification, when assessing the suitability of a current or potential employee for a position, and can provide an OQU Assessment Advice statement confirming the comparable level in Australia for the overseas award(s). Datasets about international education systems and qualifications can also be made available.

The OQU comparison service is free and simple to use.  It aims to give an employer confidence and reassurance in their decision making process to identify and select the right person for their organisation.

Telephone: 1800 042 745
Email: skilled@liveinvictoria.vic.gov.au

Training and Education

Find out how to get training or upskill your staff by calling the Victorian Skills Gateway for information about courses offered by TAFE institutes, private providers and Adult Community Education (ACE) organisations.

Telephone: 131 823

Email: tafe.courseline@edumail.vic.gov.au
Web: Victorian Skills Gateway

Employer obligations

DIBP Employer’s Immigration Hotline

Employers can call the DIBP Employers' Immigration Hotline for help with understanding visas and enquiries about general work rights issues, or visit DIBP's Employing Legal Workers guide.

Telephone: 1800 040 070

DIBP Visa Entitlement Verification for Organisations (VEVO)

VEVO is a free online service for employers to check the visa status and entitlements of a potential employee.