Work agreements are reached between the Australian government, represented by the department, and employers. They are generally valid for three years and may have additional conditions, as employment contracts allow for changes to standard migration requirements. Positions that an employer is considering to fill under the proposed employment contract must be qualified, i.e. they must be classified at Level 1 to 4 under the Australian and New Zealand Model Occupational Classification (ANZSCO). The position must also not be an eligible job under the TSS visa program. Note that employment contracts are a special case, as they operate outside the standard programs for qualified visas. Given the complexity, we strongly advise you to hire an experienced immigration officer who will provide you with personalized and detailed advice on immigration applications and help you with them in this process. You can use a typical employment contract if there is one for your sector or for your worker`s occupation. If the model does not meet your needs, it may be possible to negotiate an individual agreement.
It is also necessary to demonstrate that the company has the financial means to support the number of workers it wishes to promote or designate under the employment contract. This requires a letter of assistance from an accountant (who must be either a registered accountant (CA) or a certified accountant (CPA) who presents and confirms important financial information about the company. An employer can apply for an online employment contract on the ministry`s website and must attach all relevant documents. There are no fees. The application can take up to 6 months to process. The fishing agreement allows for the temporary entry of manual workers and overseas bridges to work in the Australian fishing industry. The terms of the fisheries agreement for the fishing industry are already set and non-negotiable. It should be shown that the employer has conducted labour market tests that at least meet the requirements of the TSS visa program.