Labour Agreements

Labour Agreements enable Australian employers to recruit a specified number of overseas workers in areas of skill shortage.



Labour Agreements are agreements between Australian business institutions and the Australian government letting the former recruit an agreed number of overseas skilled workers. Thee agreements are valid for 3 years and might contain over and above terms and conditions. Labour agreements is a favourable pathway to immigration for the semi-skilled labour. Business organizations need to consult industry stakeholders while developing their labour agreements.

The benefits availed by a business from the labour agreement are

The business can sponsor overseas workers to fill skills shortages under both the TSS visa (Subclass 482) and/or the Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186) for the duration of the Labour Agreement, which is usually five years.

What are the requirements for companies applying for the labour agreement?

  • Companies must demonstrate that they have a genuine labour market need to utilise the labour market agreement.
  • Must be an Australian registered business with a good standing
  • Must be seeking to fill skilled occupations that are currently not on the list of eligible occupations.
  • Must be able to meet salary and employment conditions.
  • Applicants must be able to meet English proficiency, skills, qualifications, experience, health and character requirements.

What are the types of Labour Agreement?

Global Talent Scheme (GTS) agreements

GTS agreements are for an accredited employer seeking to fill a small number of niche highly-skilled roles, where their needs cannot be met under existing skilled entry programs. Compared to traditional labour agreements, the GTS provides fast processing and flexible concessions for approved participants via an Established Business stream and a Startup stream.

Industry labour agreements

Industry labour agreements provide fixed terms and conditions specific to the industry sector. Industry labour agreements are developed by the Department of Home Affairs in consultation with key industry stakeholders. There are currently eight industry agreements in place for dairy, fishing, meat, minister of religion, on-hire, pork and fine dining restaurants.

Designated Area Migration Agreements

  • Designated area migration agreements provide flexibility for state/territories to sponsor skilled and semi-skilled overseas worker in areas experiencing skills shortages. There is currently seven  DAMAs in place in the Northern Territory, The Gold Fields WA, Adelaide City And  Regional SA, Orana NSW, Far North Queensland.

Project Agreements

Project agreements allow project companies endorsed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade under the China-Australia Investment Facilitation Arrangement to employ temporary overseas workers where there are genuine skills shortages.

Company-specific labour agreements

Company-specific labour agreements are developed directly with an employer where there are genuine skills or a labour shortage. The terms and conditions of a company-specific labour agreement are considered on a case by case basis.


How we can help you?

Labour Agreements can be a complex process and we at Better Life Migration can help you through the process. We can assess the business to check if it meets the legislative criteria for these agreements. If the business is eligible we will work with you to collate the required documentation and information. We will lodge the application with the Department of Home Affairs and manage the application until it is finalised. Once the agreement is approved it is critical for businesses to comply with their sponsorship obligations and we can also assist with compliance and monitoring. We offer a range of services to assist you.

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