Labour Agreement

Labour Agreement

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Labour Agreement


Labour agreements are formal arrangements negotiated between an employer and the Australian Government which lets an employer recruit an agreed number of skilled workers from outside Australia.

The agreement must:

identify the relevant skills shortage in the business and why these vacancies cannot be filled by Australian workers
specify the number of skilled workers needed from outside Australia
the age, skill and English language requirements that relate to the nominated occupations. Semi-skilled occupations can be considered for nominated positions if specified in the agreement.


To sponsor employees for TSS 482 visas, most businesses need to be approved as a Standard Business Sponsor.


To obtain this approval, there are several important hurdles which must be met:
There is a properly established business structure – such as a company, trust, partnership, or registered business name; and the business must be in a sound financial position
Business be lawfully operating.
SPONSORSHIP PERIOD OF VALIDITY Once obtained Sponsorship approval is generally valid for 5 years.

Accredited Sponsors: high volume sponsors can apply to become accredited sponsors. In this case, the sponsorship is valid for a period of 6 years

Am I eligible for a TSS visa?
Business outside Australia
You must be seeking to employ a skilled worker to either establish, or help establish, a business operation in Australia, fulfil obligations for a contract in Australia.
If your business does not yet have an operating base in Australia, you are not required to satisfy the training requirement.

Sponsorships can be valid for:

18 months 6 years 5 years the length of the labour agreement

18 months 5 years