Learn how to employ an overseas worker and know the requirements you need to meet as the employer.
When you employ people from overseas, the process is slightly different from hiring Australian citizens, permanent residents or New Zealand citizens.
Australian Companies Hiring People from Overseas
You can employ an overseas worker in 2 ways:
- employ a non-citizen who is already in Australia whose visa allows them to work, such as an international student or a working holiday visa holder
- sponsor a skilled worker who lives overseas or temporarily in Australia for a work visa on a permanent or temporary basis.
The Department of Home Affairs manages and administers work visas for overseas workers.
If you’re considering hiring someone who already holds an Australian visa, check out the Hiring someone in Australia– external site step-by-step guide on the Home Affairs website.
Alternatively, if you’re thinking of sponsoring someone for a work visa, learn about the visa options for workers, how much it costs and how to sponsor someone by contact No Borders Law Group for professional advice.
As an employer, it’s your responsibility to make sure your employees are eligible to work in Australia:
- Use the free online service Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)– external site to check if your employees are eligible to work in Australia.
- Check the conditions of your employees’ visas for any requirements you need to meet as the employer.
It’s important to note that even if a non-citizen has work rights in Australia, there may be restrictions on the amount and type of work they can undertake. For example, student visa holders can generally only work up to 40 hours in a fortnight, and working holiday visa holders can generally only work for the same employer for 6 months.
You’ll have additional reporting obligations if you sponsor an overseas workers for a work visa.
Hire an overseas worker – Entitlements, tax and super
Migrant workers, including working holiday makers and international students, have the same workplace rights as other workers in Australia (including the same pay rates).
Our free Employment Contract Tool can help you to create a contract that meets entitlements under the Australian Fair Work system.
If you employ working holiday makers, a special tax rate applies. You can check your tax and super obligations – external sitefor workers on the Australian Taxation Office website.
State and territory resources
Each state or territory has information that will help you sponsor and/or employ an overseas worker:
- ACT: Business Development– external site
- NSW: Business Migration– external site
- QLD: Business and Skilled Migration– external site
- SA: Business Migration– external site
- TAS: Skilled Migration– external site
- VIC: SkillSelect– external site
- WA: Information for employers
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*Last Updated: 06 August 2021