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Labour Agreements - what is it?

“I am a 49 years old civil engineer. “

“I am a qualified carpenter, but my English level is too low for a permanent visa. “

“I am a qualified cook, but I work in the kitchen of a nursing home. “

“I am a housekeeper in a resort. “

“I am a qualified motor mechanic, but I earn less than $53,900 a year. “

“I was told by an agent that there is no way for me to stay in Australia. Aren’t there any exceptions to the rules?”

In short, the answer is YES, if an Australian business genuinely needs employees like you.

As we know, Australian skilled visas, including the general skilled visas and the employer sponsored visas pathways, were created to help fill job vacancies in Australia where Australian workers are not available.

You probably also know that to be eligible for a skilled visa today, you need to be skilled in an occupation which is listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), or the Regional Occupation List (ROL). In addition to being skilled in an eligible occupation, to apply for an employer sponsored visa such as 482, 186 and 494, you also need to meet certain requirements regarding your English level, your qualification and / or the length of your work