Getting a Job Sponsorships 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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For more information, please visit the following page which will open in a new window…

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. The government recently removed it’s ‘Is Your Skill in Demand’ page, but take a look at this page instead and the links on it….

Visit DIBPs: Employer Sponsored Workers Skilled Occupation Lists page and this is the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL).

(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.

Four of the top online employment sites in Australia

They are:

More useful links:

Finding a Job in Australia Compared with the UK
Finding a Job and Somewhere to Live in Australia

For your professional Australian resume, I recommend The Resume Centre

Free Resume Review

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:

Important: Please read before commenting…


And for those looking for professional assistance…

{ 1292 comments… read them below or add one }

anna October 2, 2015 at 3:57 am

hi bob,
i m manu from nepal having 2yrs experience in an export industry as a assistant fashion merchandiser looking for job in Australia with sponsorship may i knw how to find the sponsors ???


BobinOz October 2, 2015 at 1:15 pm

The package mentioned in the above article will definitely help you with that.


jigme nmagyal September 30, 2015 at 5:03 pm

hi sir, i am jigme from bhutan and i really wanted to come to Australia,plz help me for
my viza sir,i am really in need, your kind help will be very greatful to me sir, wat ever work i am asign i am ready to work sir, actully am computer student sir.

plzzzzzzzz help me sir


sivanandham September 22, 2015 at 8:59 pm

Hi bob,
I am Sivanandham from India,I have 7 Years of experience in Web UI/UX Design i am looking for job in Australia with sponsorship, may i know how to apply job and your guidelines….


karthik September 22, 2015 at 8:57 pm


I am Karthik from India,I have 6.5 Years of experience in Web Design i want job in Australia with sponsorship please guide me..


chelika prashanth September 22, 2015 at 8:47 pm

Hi Bob

I have over 10 years of experience in hospitality industry as a chef , i have a job on hand in Australia it seems that my documents are being filed by the lawyer for visa 457.

i would like to know how long the process will take to obtain visa 457 ??


BobinOz September 23, 2015 at 1:17 am

That’s a question to ask of the lawyer who is filing your application, he would know better than I would. Good luck, Bob


Mellony September 9, 2015 at 2:51 am

Hi Bob! I want to move to Australia in 2020. How far in advance should I start the process? Thanks!


BobinOz September 10, 2015 at 2:04 pm

You should really speak to a MARA registered migration agent about that, they know how long each visa type takes.


Lara September 3, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Dear Bob,

I am a PR visa holder in Aus. My boyfriend is in India and we are looking for a work visa sponsor for him in Oz. What are the possibilities? And how do we apply.

Than you very much Bob


BobinOz September 10, 2015 at 2:01 pm
Ronny September 2, 2015 at 6:42 pm


Does any of the readers experienced becoming a sponsor ?
I mean, if I run my own business (in Oz) and I want to sponsor a immigrant how difficult/complicated is it ?



BobinOz September 3, 2015 at 4:47 pm

My understanding Ronny is that it is quite an involved process, if you wanted to find out how it works, you should really ask a MARA migration agent. But of course, if any of my readers have had any experience of this, it would be great to hear from them.



yogeshwaran August 31, 2015 at 4:06 pm

I am completed mca degree, i need to a It job in Australia ,


biniyam August 24, 2015 at 5:13 am

hi bob
i have a bsc degree on construction engineering and i will do any type of work if you help me and i will do related to my field or not .tank you bob


biniyam August 20, 2015 at 9:23 pm

hi am from ethiopia and i am interested in any type of work and i ve bsc degree in construction managment


Maia Jones August 18, 2015 at 1:52 am

Hi Bob,

I found this article very insightful- however one burning question I have is… Do I have to have a job lined up to apply for a migration visa, or is it the other way round, you use a MARA agent to get the visa and then find a complany to sponsor you?

I ask this as my occupation is on the CSOL

thanks Bob


dileep senaka August 18, 2015 at 1:08 am

Dear Bob,
Please kindly clarify the following things.
What is the process of assessing authorities?
Should every skilled visa applicant have an assessment form the assessing authorities?

Thanks and regards.
Dileep Senaka


BobinOz August 19, 2015 at 12:04 am

I assume you are talking about skills assessment? It’s complicated. You really need to speak to a MARA agent about your circumstances to see whether you need a skills assessment or not.

Good luck, Bob


Dileep Senaka August 22, 2015 at 11:52 pm

Dear Bob,
Yes I am talking about skills assessment. Thanks for your opinion.

Thanks again.
Dileep Senaka


BobinOz August 23, 2015 at 7:44 pm

Okay, good luck, Bob


Kunal August 17, 2015 at 11:27 pm

Dear Bob,
Need to understand few things if you can kindly help.
Age : 34
I have studied BCA through distance. Is Distance Education considered valid as per Australia immigration rules.?
I have around 7.5 years of experience before I completed my graduation. Can my experience be considered valid.?
I last worked from 2004 – 2012. If considered how many years of experience will be considered if I apply for PR in Australia. ?


BobinOz August 19, 2015 at 12:01 am

You need to speak to a MARA registered migration agent about these things, please see my important notices in the bright orange borders in the above article.


rocky August 10, 2015 at 7:19 pm

Hi Bob,

First of all its a great website and it provides a great deal of info.I have a query – I am on a 457 working for a company in Australia. I recently got an offer from another company . But they are asking me to go back to the home country for a month and they will raise a fresh 457 visa for me.I told them as per my knowledge 457 visa is transferrable in Australia itself, there is no need to go back and again raise a new one. Is my understanding right? Or is it just happens for contract jobs and not permanent jobs offered ? Or is it like the company should be an australian company? Also i had asked if they are willing to sponsor a PR for me if i take up the offer, they told they dont sponsor PR for 457 guys, only for local recruits they do. Is it right? The guy told he will check with the company HR about the 457 visa transfer, but i guess the information provided by him is somewhat wrong. Can you please provide some insight.



BobinOz August 10, 2015 at 11:00 pm

No, I can’t provide any insight at all rocky, I simply can’t answer these questions as my two important notices at the foot of the above post indicate. If you want help with this, you would need to speak to a MARA registered migration agent as they know all the rules and can give you accurate advice. Good luck, Bob


Stephanie July 30, 2015 at 1:37 am


I was just wondering if anyone has any advice in regards to applying or finding Social Work jobs in Australia (Queensland/Brisbane area). I have been qualified and working within a child protection arena for the past 2 years. I would prefer to stay remain working in this area if possible.

I am unsure where is best to look for jobs, if there is a registered body that you need to register with etc.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated

Thanks in advance


BobinOz July 30, 2015 at 6:33 pm

Sorry Stephanie, this isn’t something I can help with, I simply don’t know. The e-book available on my page How to Find a Sponsored Job in Australia does give quite comprehensive advice on searching for work in various different professions, so you might like to take a look at that.

I know it has been very helpful to many people. Good luck, Bob


Sundar July 26, 2015 at 10:41 pm

Hi Bob,

First of all many thanks for creating your website, Hope who will be visiting this site one or another way they are getting benefit with this site.

I am Sundaresh, Completed Diploma in tool & Die Making (Regular) & Holding a correspondence degree in B-tech in mechanical. With overall 8 years of experience I am having working as Senior Design Engineer here in Bangalore.
Do let me know, If any clients or organization will sponsor direct visa for outside citizenship for employment.

Your reply will be much appreciated if you email me the details.


jagtar singh July 24, 2015 at 4:50 am

Hi Bob,
This is Jagtar Singh from India.
I have complete 3 years diploma in an indian institute.I have 11 years of experience in design & manufacturing automotive & semiconductor industries.
I need your suggestion or advise for below :

1. Am i eligible to work in australia ?
2. If not can you please advise what further study or vocation course i can do in australia ?
or please advise what is the best way to get job (any type of job)


Narayan R Iyer July 23, 2015 at 1:28 am

Hi BoB,

I am having an Indian MBA (Post Graduation degree) with majors in Human Resources. I have got 8 +years of Work Experience in Human Resources field in India. My question to you is how difficult it is for me to get an Australian HR Job . I am thinking of gettinga PR Visa. Please could you also suggest which all states Visa I should apply for as I am looking out for HR jobs.

Narayan Iyer


BobinOz July 23, 2015 at 6:14 pm

I answered you a few days ago, why would ask the same question again? And then ask a question that is specifically covered in the above article?


Ali July 23, 2015 at 12:39 am

Hi Bob,

First of all, thank you so much for all this information. You’ve been an immense help.
In regard to sponsored jobs, my occupation is not on the jobs list. I have a degree in fashion design and have been applying to fashion companies in Australia. Are they able to sponsor me, even though it’s not on the list? I see that I can get a Holiday Work Visa, but these are all jobs that I’d need to be at for longer than 6 months. How would I make that work?

Thank you for your help!


BobinOz July 23, 2015 at 6:11 pm

That’s a question for a MARA migration agent I’m afraid Ali, it’s not something I can answer. I suggest you have a word with one or if you prefer, go through my Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck, Bob


Narayan Iyer July 17, 2015 at 6:59 pm

Hi Bob,

I am an Indidan and have done my MBA in HR from India. I have 10 years of Work experience in HR field in India and am currently working at a Leadership role in HR at India. I want to check with you if i apply for a PR Visa and come to Australia and search for Jobs in HR, how difficult it would be? Do the companies hire people having HR experience in India and would that experience be considered at all? Do i need to start from scratch? What should be my basic strategy to get a mid level HR Job and which states should i target to get a PR Visa? Looking forward to hear from you soon.

Narayan Iyer


BobinOz July 19, 2015 at 11:41 pm

I’m afraid I can never estimate how easy or hard it might be for somebody to find a job here, whatever their skill is. It would be impossible for me to do that, I’d just be guessing. The job search package I mention in the above article would help you though. Good luck, Bob


sabreena July 16, 2015 at 11:32 am

hi bob, i am looking for sponsor job in accounting sector i am currently student of master in accounting if you can help me that will be great

thank you


ram rizal July 15, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Hi, Bob, I belong from Nepal, I want to asks u that I have completed my bachelor degree this year now I want to join a fitness Courses in Australia Like Australia college of sports & fitness they provide this courses for international students also.. So, can you plz tell me is this course help me to get PR in Australia.


BobinOz July 15, 2015 at 9:50 pm

You would have to talk to a MARA registered migration agent about that one ram. Good luck, Bob


James July 14, 2015 at 11:57 am

Hi, Bob,

I had reading blog for quite some time, since 2013.

I had a Master of Science Degree and Bachelor Of Engineering Degree.

I am thinking to earn a living in Australia and for sure better education and life for my kids.

Interested in teaching career.

Any advise?



BobinOz July 14, 2015 at 6:48 pm

Yes I do James. If you fancy trying to do all the work yourself, then I highly recommend you purchase the sponsored job package mentioned on this page and described in full detail on my page How to Find a Sponsored Job in Australia.

It’s an excellent guide and will take you through a lot of the process step-by-step.

If you don’t fancy doing it yourself, then enlist the help of a MARA registered migration agent or use mine by going through my Visa Assessment Service.

If you’re really serious, you could even do both. I can guarantee you it will be money well spent. Good luck, Bob


Greg July 14, 2015 at 2:35 am

My daughter is working on a 1 yr working visa and her employer has offered sponsorship for a visa. If she does this how long will she have to stay with the employer and what happens if she changes jobs.


BobinOz July 14, 2015 at 6:27 pm

Sorry Greg, but these are the sort of questions I’m simply not allowed to answer, please see my notices above. Your daughters prospective employer would know the answers to these questions and I would think he would have a MARA agent helping him with this as well.

So she should talk to her employer. Cheers, Bob


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