Labour Agreement Stream

The Labour Agreement Stream of the Subclass 186 Employer Nominated Scheme visa permits sponsorship of foreign workers by Australian businesses for permanent residency. This business must first have entered into a labour agreement with the Australian Department of Home Affairs.


186 Visa Criteria

The Labour Agreement Stream is intended to allow modifications to the general criteria applicable to the Subclass 186 visa. The exact criteria may differ depending on the type of labour agreement to which the employer is a party.


Once your 186 Visa is Granted

This visa permits you to live and work in Australia on a permanent basis. It further grants a five-year travel facility to depart and return to Australia. After five (5) years, a Subclass 155 Resident Return visa must be sought in order to allow future returns to Australia.

There is no obligation to remain with your sponsoring employer under this visa.


Labour Agreements

The following labour agreements are currently available to eligible employers, although additional project-based labour agreements may be made available from time to time for major industry and infrastructure projects. 

  • Designated Area Migration Agreement
  • Advertising Industry Labour Agreement
  • Aged Care Industry Labour Agreement
  • Dairy Industry Labour Agreement
  • Fishing Industry Labour Agreement
  • Meat Industry Labour Agreement
  • Minister of Religion Industry Labour Agreement
  • On-hire Industry Labour Agreement
  • Pork Industry Labour Agreement
  • Restaurant (premium dining) Industry Labour Agreement

Employers subject to active labour agreements are a matter of public record and can be viewed via the Home Affairs website.

If you are an employer looking to enter into a labour agreement, it is critical that you engage Australian Migration Lawyers for this process. Under many labour agreements, consultation with relevant trade unions may be required to receive approval from the Department of Home Affairs.


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