Every year hundreds of thousands of foreign workers choose to live and work in Australia because of the lifestyle and employment opportunities offered. Whilst Melbourne has been traditionally closed off to outsiders in the past, we are finding that more and more of our clients are now taking advantage of the growing number of travellers arriving on our shores, eager to obtain work and contribute meaningfully.
Tapping into this hidden talent pool is becoming a great opportunity for employers, and in our experience, travellers are highly skilled, have global knowledge and are used to a more competitive environment. Most come degree qualified and are motivated to work hard and prove themselves as good workers who are both valuable and contribute positively to the organisation employing them.
The most common visas that allow for overseas residents to live and work in Australia include:
Working holiday visa (417/462): these visas allow a person to stay in Australia for up to 12 months and work for up to six months with each employer (they can apply for a second Work and Holiday visa if they have worked for three months in northern Australia in tourism and hospitality or agriculture, forestry and fishing). Typically, these workers are younger, as the visa has an age cap of 31.
Working holiday makers are usually immediately available and eager to work. They can be a great choice for temporary positions which need to be filled rapidly and on short notice.
Temporary Work Skilled visa (subclass 457): this was the most common visa for skilled overseas workers to work temporarily for up to 4 years in Australia. It is currently in the process of being abolished and replaced by the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (TSS).
Partner visas: we often meet with and place partners of people with valid visas to live and work in Australia. These candidates are committed to settling and making their life in Australia and are a great option to consider when filling a role.
We will always endeavour to minimise any risk for our clients by undertaking all the proper checks to confirm visa requirements. We will keep you informed every step of the way and can also provide you with character references, testimonials and personal history of the candidate.
Our advice is to keep an open mind and don’t miss out on tapping into this growing talent pool!
If you would like to learn more or you’re looking to expand or grow your team contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help you build the team you need to succeed this year.