Labour Agreement Stream

The Labour Agreement Stream of the Subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage visa permits sponsorship of foreign workers by Australian businesses for a period of up to four (4) years in most circumstances. This business must first have entered into a labour agreement with the Australian Department of Home Affairs.

This stream may offer pathways to permanent residency, depending on the terms of the labour agreement.


Labour Agreement TSS Visa Criteria

The Labour Agreement Stream is intended to allow modifications to the general criteria applicable to the Subclass 482 visa application. The exact criteria may differ depending on the type of labour agreement to which the employer is a party.

Labour agreements may change eligibility requirements, allow sponsorship under occupations which do not appear on any skills list, or even allow sponsorship for occupations which do not appear under the Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).


Once your TSS Visa is Granted

Whilst holding your Subclass 482 visa, you must work for your sponsoring employer on a full-time basis whilst you remain in Australia. Your spouse or partner will enjoy unrestricted work rights.

In most Australian states and territories, Subclass 482 visa holders are generally able to enroll their children into public schooling without incurring international student fees.


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.


Permanent Residency Pathways

Permanent residency requirements will be dictated under the labour agreement. If eligible, you may qualify for permanent residency pursuant to the Labor Agreement Stream of the Subclass 186 visa.

If you are currently in Australia on a Subclass 482 visa or plan to apply for one, contact our Australian Immigration Lawyers today and receive quality advise for your Australian Permanent Residency visa.


TSS (Subclass 482) Visa
Australian Employer Sponsored Visa 


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