Labour Agreements

Labour Agreements

Labour Agreements play a vital role in addressing labour shortages in Australia.

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Labour Agreements

Labour Agreements are a negotiated arrangement between a business and the Department of Home Affairs, allowing for the sponsorship of skilled and semi-skilled occupations where there are clear skill shortages.

Company-specific Labour Agreements are tailored to the unique needs of the business. This includes negotiations on the occupations available for sponsorship, salary levels, minimum English language ability, age restrictions, and options for permanent residency.

Templated or pre-negotiated agreements for certain industries such as Aged Care, Fishing, Horticulture, Dairy, and Meat processing are available. The Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) is also a type of Labour Agreement.

Labour Agreements are valid for five years from the date of approval, with an annual quota of nominations allowed for each occupation. Generally, only the first three years have pre-determined quota, with the final two years requiring further negotiation to set these figures. Careful monitoring of quota usage and compliance with sponsor obligations are essential to maintaining ongoing access to the agreement program.

Businesses aiming to pursue a Labour Agreement are advised to consult with experienced Registered Migration Agents agents to determine business needs and whether this process is the best option for them.