The system requires people who want to migrate to Australia under the Skill Stream of Australia's migration program to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) via SkillSelect. Intending migrants can also use SkillSelect to express interest in finding an employer who will sponsor them.
SkillSelect regularly (approximately monthly) invites eligible intending migrants who have submitted an EOI to lodge a visa application. Intending migrants cannot lodge a visa applicaton without receiving an invitation.
Employers and state/territory governments are also able to review EOIs via SkillSelect and find candidates that they wish to sponsor or nominate.
SkillSelect provides a new way for employers to source overseas talent to fill vacancies for skilled positions.
Employers can use SkillSelect to search for prospective employees with specific occupations. Employers can also search for key selection criteria such as experience, qualifications, English language skills and willingness to work in regional areas.
Employers can use the online system to identify and contact prospective employees and discuss possible employment and sponsorship opportunities. If sponsorship arrangements are established, the skilled worker’s EOI details can be transferred from SkillSelect to an employer sponsorship application if required.
The SkillSelect service is free and employers are not obliged to sponsor an intending migrant found through the system. To search for potential employees, employers must register to use SkillSelect.