Department of Jobs and Small Business

I want to hire an overseas worker or migrant

If your business needs skills that are in short supply in Australia, you can consider employing skilled overseas workers or migrants. As an employer, it's your responsibility to make sure your employees are allowed to work in Australia.

Guidance when hiring an overseas worker or migrant

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Is this for my business?

  • I need staff for my business
  • I can’t find skilled employees in Australia

The Department of Home Affairs website provides information for employers looking to hire overseas workers or migrants, including how to:

  • check visa details and conditions for overseas workers or migrants
  • comply with Australian employment laws and obligations as a sponsor.

Department of Home Affairs

Skilled migration - Australia’s workforce needs

Is this for my business?

  • I need staff for my business
  • I can’t find skilled employees in Australia

Skilled migration occupation lists are responsive to Australia’s labour market needs and underpin a range of employer-sponsored, points-tested and state-nominated visa programs.

Skilled Occupation Migration Lists

Hire a returning workforce from Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste

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Is this for my business?

  • My business has a valid ABN
  • Employs in the agriculture sector and in identified locations in the accommodation industry and in the Northern Australia Tourism Pilot.

If you own a business in the agriculture sector or in the accommodation industry in identified locations or in the Northern Australia Tourism Pilot region you may be eligible to access a reliable, returning workforce from nine participating Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste when there is not enough local Australian labour to meet seasonal demand.

Seasonal Worker Programme

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