Getting a Job Sponsorship in Australia and Finding Work

Getting Sponsored

This article was first published here back in May 2011, since then it has become one of the most read pages on my website and has led to the most comments. So many people have asked me how THEY can get a job sponsorship here in Australia, and I simply haven’t been able to answer that question for them comprehensively.

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How to Find a Sponsored Job in Australia

But please do take the time to finish reading the information on this page first. On with the original article…

Job Sponsorships

Whether it is possible for you to get a job sponsorship or not in Australia is largely dependent upon your skills and qualifications.

I am quoting the Department of Immigration & Border Control (DIBP) from the page on their website specifically about the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)…….

Who is this visa for?

“This visa is for Australian employers who want to sponsor highly skilled workers for a permanent visa to work in their business. The employees can be either:

  • highly skilled workers from overseas
  • highly skilled temporary residents currently in Australia.

So, before you can even think about the possibility of getting a job sponsorship, you will need to have a skill and qualifications to match, so your first task is to take a look to see if your skill is on one of these skills lists.

Update: as at 19 April 2017, the Australian Government made significant changes to the skills lists, namely the:

  • Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) replaced the previous ‘Skilled Occupation List’ (SOL)
  • Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) replaced the previous ‘Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List’ (CSOL)

Please visit the government’s website for more information. The following page contains both of the new lists in full listing all eligible skills as well as the ANZSCO code and the assessing authorities. You will also find a list of the 200 skills which have been removed in this update.

(This link may change, if it no longer gives the information I suggest it does, please let me know in the comments so I can update it.)

Assuming your skill is on one of those lists, how do you then set about getting sponsored? Here are a few ideas:

  • Get yourself a professionally prepared Australian resume.
  • Not all vacancies are publicly advertised, so do some research on Australian companies that might be able to make use of your specific skill. Send them your professional resume direct.
  • Follow up with a telephone call to see if they have received it and at the same time, ask if sponsoring applicants from abroad is something their company would be likely to do.
  • If the company says yes, we would sponsor from abroad, but we have no vacancies at present, ask if you can stay in touch. If they say yes, contact them every three months.
  • Over time, you’ll build a network of people who you know in your trade. This increases your chances of something turning up.
  • Finally, if you get the chance to come out to Australia, line up meetings with these people if you can.

Working Holiday Visas

But if you are young and you qualify for a working holiday visa, you can visit Australia for 12 months (extendable to 24 months under certain conditions) and work. What better way to build on that networking?

Visit: Working Holiday for up to date information from the Australian Government, or my own WHV page for further details.

Of course, there’s also nothing to stop you searching for vacancies online and I have listed the best places to do that further below.

FAQ’s About Getting a Job or Finding Work

I get asked lots of questions about work here in Australia, some questions I get asked again and again. People usually tell me a little bit about their skills, qualifications and what it is they do, and then ask:

  • Will I get a job in Australia?
  • Would I get a sponsorship in Australia?
  • How much money will I earn in Australia?
  • Which city should I go to for the best opportunities for what I do?

So, what are the answers?

Will I get a job in Australia?

This is pretty much the same as the question “Would I get a sponsorship in Australia?” It’s a tough one, impossible to answer.

Nobody can really tell you whether or not you’d get a job in Australia, ultimately that’s down to you to impress a potential employer at an interview, whether that be face-to-face or by Skype or telephone. So it is an impossible question to answer.

It is true to say though that some skills are in more demand here than others, and on that basis if you have a skill that is highly desired in Australia, you would appear to have a better chance. I couldn’t tell you what that chance is though, I simply don’t keep up to date all the latest shortages on any of the skills lists.

I’ve already provided a link to those lists earlier in this article, so you can check for yourself to see if your skill is there. But even if your skill is on one of those lists, there is still no guarantee that you will find a job here.

I really do recommend those who have concerns in this area to talk with a MARA registered migration agent or a recruitment Specialist. My Visa Assessment Service does include a full skills lists search for those looking to come here on any of the General Skilled Migration visas.

How much money can I earn in Australia?

Good question.

If you want to know how much money you might earn here in Australia, that’s actually quite straightforward, please visit the following Australian Government’s website:

Simply search for your skill in their database and find out a huge amount of information, including average weekly earnings.

Which city should I go to for the best opportunities for what I do?

That only leaves one more question to answer, and that’s which city might be best for you given the skill you have. Again, impossible for me to answer, but I would suggest you search any or all of the below recommended online employment agencies for what you do, and simply see which cities or states come up with the most opportunities for what it is that you do.

Search for Jobs in Australia

Or search here, these are four more of the top online employment sites in Australia:

More useful links:

For your professional Australian resume, I recommend The Resume Centre

For more information about job sponsorships from DIBP…

Visit: Employer Sponsored Workers

Current Available Job Sponsorships

If you are looking for sponsorship in Australia, from time to time I do get jobs listed on the following page:

Applying for Sponsorships

Finally, if you are seriously looking for a job sponsorship here in Australia, don’t forget to check out this page:

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  • Claire Johnston August 16, 2017, 3:20 pm | Link

    Hi, I’m a teacher of floristry, horticulture and holistic therapy I mainly teach learners who have learning difficulties/disabilities and complex needs. My brother already lives in Warragul, Victoria with his family and his willing to sponsor me, I’m 49 yrs old have I left it to late?? Also my partner of two years is a surport worker in a residential house for adults with Autism and disabilities he’s 54 yrs old.

    • John Stockton August 18, 2017, 7:31 pm | Link

      Claire, ask your brother, he is there and he has the possibility to look around. You will hardly get a job in Australia without knowing someone local. Companies prefer people with lower qualification having a local reference to the best fit resume having none. It has its logic, but it is unfair for those who try to get into this system… Life is not fair.

  • Alfred August 7, 2017, 11:48 pm | Link

    Hi I am Truck driver in professional for more than twelve years experience cross boarders around Africa. I am a Tanzanian citizen I am looking for a sponsorship to work in Australia am 37 years old, am a hard worker and to work at any company and location

  • Nic Walker July 31, 2017, 9:58 am | Link

    I am Canadian and living back in Canada and just had to leave Australia because my visa had expired. But my partner is Australian and we were wondering if he can sponsor me to live there until we can prove our defacto relationship? Thanks in advance!

    • BobinOz July 31, 2017, 8:40 pm | Link

      You would need to speak to a MARA registered migration agent about that, see the important notices at the bottom of the above article.

  • Anni July 18, 2017, 6:26 pm | Link

    Hey, cheers for this summery. Well done 🙂 just 1 question: if your occupation is not on the list but there is an employer who still wants to sponsor you for his business – is there a way to do so??

    • BobinOz July 18, 2017, 11:21 pm | Link

      It’s complicated, but the short answer is probably not. I’d suggest that who ever it is who wants to sponsor you seeks advice from a MARA registered migration agent to see if there is any way possible to make it happen.

  • dida July 10, 2017, 3:06 pm | Link

    I am dida from Ethiopia,I am 28 years young guy,I am graduated by auto vehicle electrician with five years work experience,I have the ability to fix the electrical part of the car,so I am looking for sponsor man from Australia,my dream is living in Australia cause Australia is beatfull country and peacfull country that is why I prefer this country

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