Information for Employers to Hire overseas workers or migrants

Hiring overseas workers or migrants

If you’re looking to hire overseas workers or migrants, Australia officials provide programs and resources to help you out. 


See below for more information.


How to bring migrants with in-demand skills

See following for what migrant skills are needed in Australia’s Skilled Migration Occupation Lists.

  • COVID-19 impacts
  • Current lists
  • Reviewing the lists

View the Skilled Migration Occupation List


Skilled migration occupation lists

Australia’s skilled visa programs are made up 3 main lists:

  • Short-Term Skilled Occupation List
  • Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List
  • Regional Occupation List

These are regularly reviewed to ensure they reflect genuine skills needs and help businesses continue to grow if skilled Australian workers are not available.The current skills list can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.

View the current skills list


Skilled Occupation List

​​​​The following visas are available to individuals who are qualified to work or train in an eligible skilled occupation in Australia and can meet all other requirements:


The combined list specifies:

  • the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) code for each occupation.

The ANZSCO provides information on the skill level of jobs, qualifications and/or experience needed to work in occupations

  • caveats which exclude the use of the occupation in certain circumstances (applies to the ENS and TSS visas only)
  • whether the occupation is included on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), the Regional Occupation List (ROL) or the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) ROL List.
  • the assessing authority for skills assessments


current list of eligible skilled occupations can be found in a legislative instrument for the relevant visa program.

*The RSMS ROL list is a separate list of occupations that applies to the RSMS visa only.

To respond to changes in the Australian labour market and regional variations across Australia, the list is reviewed regularly by the National Skills Commission.​​​​


How to fill seasonal jobs

The Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP).

  • Information about the programme
  • How to become an approved employer
  • Information for SWP Approved Employers
  • Information for seasonal workers from participating countries


Discover the Seasonal Worker Programme


The Seasonal Worker Programme offers employers in the agriculture sector and employers in selected locations in the accommodation sector access to a reliable, returning workforce when there is not enough local Australian labour to meet seasonal demand.


Seasonal Worker Programme: Information for employers

If you want to participate in the program, there are certain requirements you will need to meet.


Learn about:

  • Eligibility
  • Countries you can recruit from
  • Recruitment process


Seasonal Worker Programme: Process to become an Approved Employer

Entities must apply for approval from the Australian Government before they can recruit seasonal workers through the Programme.

Once approved, entities are then referred to as approved employers.

 Approved employers enter into an agreement with the Australian Government through the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (the department) and also enter into a sponsorship arrangement with the Department of Home Affairs.

Applications from employers wishing to be considered to join the Seasonal Worker Programme must be submitted online.


  • Eligibility

Eligibility Criteria for employers seeking to become an Approved Employer of seasonal workers.

Organisations, including labour hire entities, contractors, growers and trusts, can apply to become an approved employer in the agriculture industry and in identified locations in the accommodation industry.

Contractors must have been in operation for at least five years and have a record of compliance with immigration and workplace relations requirements to be eligible to apply to become an approved employer.


Before an entity becomes an approved employer, it must demonstrate that it:

  • is an entity incorporated in Australia or a formal partnership with a valid Australian Business Number;
  • is an ‘organisation’ for the purposes of the Migration Regulations 1994;
  • is committed to employing Australian job seekers first;
  • has good workplace relations and immigration practices; and
  • has an understanding of an approved employer’s obligations under the Seasonal Worker Programme.


New approved employers joining the Seasonal Worker Programme are generally approved to recruit only a small number of seasonal workers for their first placement (known as a recruitment cap).

This provides new approved employers the opportunity to adjust to their obligations and responsibilities under the programme whilst working with a manageable number of seasonal workers in their first placement.

The department monitors approved employers during each placement to ensure compliance with programme requirements. An approved employer’s recruitment cap will be reviewed at the end of the placement taking into account the department’s monitoring and changes made where appropriate.


Notes: COVID-19 impacts

The National Skills Commission (NSC) is responsible for providing advice to Government on the skilled migration occupation lists to ensure they are responsive to skilled workforce needs across Australia.

These lists underpin a range of employer-sponsored, points-tested, state-nominated and temporary training visa programs.

Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the March 2020 update to the skilled migration occupation lists has been put aside.


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