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Australia Work Visa: Labour Agreements

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Labour Agreements are work visas that enable employers in Australia to recruit a specified number of overseas workers in response to identified or emerging labour market (or skill) shortages in Australia. They provide an avenue for both permanent and temporary entry to Australia.

Visa applicants under a Labour Agreement must be nominated by an employer who is a party to an approved agreement and before the visa can be granted that nomination must be approved.

In addition, the visa application will be assessed against the following:

Australia Work Visa Process

After the Agreement has been negotiated, the process consists of 2 stages:

The nomination will be assessed to determine:

Skill Matching Database

Employers wishing to nominate visa applicants under a Labour Agreement can utilise the Skill Matching Database to identify suitably qualified workers.

The Skill Matching Database contains the educational, occupational and personal details of Skilled-Independent category applicants and Skill Matching Visa applicants.

The database is updated monthly and distributed to all State/Territory governments and to a network of regional development authorities.

Applicants nominated from the database to work in Australia under a Labour Agreement do not need to lodge a further visa application for migration to Australia.