Employers are able to enter into a Labour Agreement arrangement directly with the Commonwealth Government where occupations are not catered for under the existing 457 visa program. Labour Agreement fact sheet. This is most common in regional areas where there skill shortages across the board are common. Despite some improvement to the process, this is a lengthy process which involves the participation of employers, government departments, relevant unions and other affected stake-holders.
We recommend that employers consider the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme where occupations are not on the 457 visa skill list but are in the Australia & New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupation (ANZSCO).This however is limited to Skill Level 1-3 only.
Regional Migration Agreements (RMAs) are a new facility intended to give state governments and regional councils some flexibility in meeting local skill shortages. Local employers would then sponsor under these agreements.
For further information on Employer Sponsors please click on the link.