A Labour Agreement is a formal arrangement negotiated between an Australian industry group or employer and the Australian Government to recruit a specified number of skilled workers on a temporary or permanent basis over a number of years.
A Labour Agreement will only be considered if a genuine skills shortage exists but no suitably qualified or skilled Australians are readily available.
Typically a Labour Agreement is valid for two to three years.
A Labour Agreement may be appropriate if an employer has vacancies for occupations that are not on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) where a genuine skills shortage exists, or for occupations not covered under the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).
There are also special Labour Agreements for employers in the on-hire industry and meat industries.
To nominate an overseas worker for a temporary or permanent visa under a Labour Agreement, the employer must be party to the Agreement. An employer can then nominate an overseas worker for:
If an employer and employee meet all the requirements of the relevant visa program and entry stream, there is a three-step application process:
Step 1. Employer requests access to a Labour Agreement and negotiates the conditions of the Agreement with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Step 2. The employer nominates specific skilled workers to fill the positions detailed in the Labour Agreement.
Step 3. The employee applies for a temporary or permanent visa.