Labour Agreements

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


Accredited Sponsorship

Accredited Sponsorship status is granted to those larger Australian employers that have a significant, regular and ongoing need for TSS visa (subclass 482) workers. Applications lodged by Accredited Sponsors receive preferential treatment by the immigration department resulting in faster turn-around times.

Another benefit given to accredited sponsors is a longer sponsorship duration, with approvals being given for 6 years compared to the standard 5 years. In addition to priority processing of nomination and visa applications, sponsors approved with accredited status will also be eligible for streamlined processing of nominations in some instances.

What are the requirements for company specific labour agreements?

  • Companies must demonstrate that they have a genuine labour market need to utilise the labour market agreement.
  • Must be an Australian registered business with 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 an industry sector. Industry labour agreements are developed by the Department of Home Affairs in consultation with key industry stake holders. 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 only one DAMA in place to cover the Northern Territory.

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 labour shortage. The terms and conditions of a company-specific labour agreement are considered on a case by case basis.

What are the benefits of Labour Agreements?

  • 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.

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 a Labour Agreement. If the business in 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 till it is finalised. Once the Labour 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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