Recruit overseas workers
Having trouble recruiting local labour? Need to fill your skills needs with overseas workers? The following tools may assist.
Working Holiday Maker Programme
Under the Working Holiday Maker Programme, travellers can supplement their
holiday budget by working in short-term appointments. There are two visa
options – Working Holiday (Subclass 417) and Work and Holiday (Subclass
462), each with different eligibility terms and conditions.
Visa holders are able to work in Australia for up to six months with each
employer. Working holiday makers who work in tourism and hospitality in
northern Australia will be eligible to receive a six month work extension
at the end of six months employment, enabling them to work for the same
employer for 12 months.
For further information visit
Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (TSS)
The TSS visa replaced the Subclass 457 visa on 18 March 2018. The TSS visa
lets businesses sponsor a skilled worker from overseas where suitable
Australian workers are not available. The TSS visa has two main streams:
- The Short-Term stream is for employers to source temporary overseas
skilled workers in occupations on the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List
(STSOL) for a maximum of two years (or four years if an international trade
- The Medium-Term stream is for employers to source highly skilled overseas
workers in occupations on the Medium and Long-Term Stream Strategic Skills
List (MLTSSL) for up to four years, with eligibility to apply for permanent
residence after three years. Regional employers can nominate additional
occupations for this stream.
For more information on the TSS Visa visit Home Affairs.
Global Talent Scheme
This new program was announced on 19 March 2018 and will be piloted for 12
months from 1 July 2018. The Global Talent Scheme will provide
businesses, including Australian startups, with a way to sponsor
highly-skilled and specialised workers not covered by the standard
Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) program.
For more information on the Global Talent Scheme visit
Skill Select: online service to recruit skilled migrants
SkillSelect is an online service that enables skilled workers interested in
migrating to Australia to record their details and be considered for a
skilled visa. Employers can quickly and easily identify and contact
intending skilled migrants and nominate them for skilled visas to fill
To find out more, including video tutorials and FAQs, visit
Resources developed through the Tourism Employment Plans (TEPs)