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

Here are four of the top online employment sites in Australia, please click on the links to search for jobs:

More useful links:

For your professional Australian resume, I recommend The Resume Centre

Current Available Job Sponsorships

If you are looking for a job sponsorship in Australia, please visit the following pages:

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  • Wojtek December 15, 2017, 9:28 am | Link

    Hi Bob
    I dont know if you remember, I did wrote a few times on your website about half a year ago regarding a HUGE move me and the Family were making. So, we are here, enjoying the absolute glamour that the sunshine coast has to offer us, and most importantly, the kids 🙂
    Bob, I am writing in regards to a different matter. A good friend of mine from back in Poland, who is running a sports centre (where they lead various courses which give trainer qualifications), is very interested in opening such a centre here in Australia (where he will be employing Australians).
    I was waiting for information from a friend whi said he would find something out, but unfortunately, he didnt get any information. What do you recommend? Does he wrote to the immigratuion office? Or maybe a MARA agent? He can talk to an agent without any issues, he is just interested in getting as much information as possible regarding the possibilities he would have to start a business here.
    Thanks Bob,
    Woj 🙂

    • BobinOz December 15, 2017, 4:53 pm | Link

      Yes, I remember you, glad to hear you are now on the Sunshine Coast and loving it.

      As for your friend, I think he really does need to talk to a MARA migration agent, probably with a view of inquiring about a business visa. For that reason, he should select a MARA agent who has good experience with these kinds of visas as they are more complicated than most.

      I believe your friend will need to prove he has run a successful business which may even need to meet certain financial criteria. That’s why he should speak to a specialist MARA agent as they will know what this criteria is.

      Hope that helps, Bob

  • shirleen ashilta December 14, 2017, 8:49 pm | Link

    Hi iam shirleen. Iam from fiji. My work details here is that iam a electronic data processing administor. Here working hours are long and pay very’s a humble request, can I go to Australia and work for at least a year to earn money and can support my family afterwards.

  • Simeon December 13, 2017, 5:12 pm | Link

    Hi, please am from Nigeria and am an M. H. E operator. Material Handling Equipment operator, I don’t know what visa exactly to apply for visa sponsorship to work in Australia. I think I need here please, I operate countabalance forklift, Reach truck forklift, sky Jack also known as cherry picker and scissors lift. I look forward for your reply sir.

  • Michelle Johansen December 13, 2017, 4:39 pm | Link

    I was denied my 2nd year visa after working 6 months as a traffic controller in Darwin (Where everyone that works as a traffic controller only works there to get the 2nd year visa – and they all got it, except me)

    I then appealed it – and they took forever to make a decision on it, and I had left the country. The appeal went through and they decided that my application could be looked over again by immigration – by then I had left the country and was told to withdraw my application – which I then did.

    Will I be able to apply for my 2nd year visa again ? I feel like it was unfair that they denied me – saying that traffic control does not count towards the 2nd year visa – which is true if you do it in any other state but NT. All my friends applied at the same time as me and all got theirs granted except me (We had the same dates and everything on the application – all that was different was our name). If the answer is yes, I then want to go through an immigration-agent to make sure everything is done right.

  • Jagan Mohan December 9, 2017, 3:12 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    Glad to have a mentor like you and I really found this website very informative. It’s a very good initiative for expats. A brief Intro about me and my family. I am Jagan from UAE . I am a seasoned Project /Program Manager in banking and IT applications domain working in PMO- Banking- IT. I am the primary applicant and have received invite to apply for State nominated Visa (489) for South Australia.
    My wife is working as Adjunct Faculty in a UAE based college in Business and Accounting and a PHD holder and currently pursuing Post Graduate certificate in higher education along with her part time teaching. I have a daughter in Grade 10; will be going to Grade 11 in Apr 2018.
    Like all expats, having a few queries listed below.
    1. How is the IT Job market in Adelaide, for IT manager and project managers and Business Analysts?
    2. How is the teaching jobs for grade 11 and undergraduate courses in accounting and business?
    3. For my daughter, who would be going to grade 11 in Apr 2018, is there any CBSE schools or alternates?
    Request your guidance on the above. Hoping to process the VISA soon.

    • BobinOz December 11, 2017, 8:51 pm | Link

      Well, I’m probably not as good a mentor as you hoped I was, because I just don’t know the full specifics of the job market in Adelaide. It might be worth asking these kinds of questions on my page about Adelaide, maybe a local will help out.

      If you read the comments already made on that page though, you will see that most people think jobs are really hard to come by in Adelaide, and that’s all jobs. It’s even more difficult for newly arrived migrants as well, because many people say it’s who you know not what you know.

      Perhaps somebody local on that page can help you out about the schools as well.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Carlito A. Realon November 29, 2017, 12:17 am | Link

    I am Carlito Amarante Realon from Laguna Philippines, Graduate Bachelor of Science in Commerce Major in Management, I have also TESDA certificate Bread and Pastry Production NC II, and units of Master degree. I am looking sponsorship to work in Australia. I been working for four years as Marketing Assistant and Elementary Teacher. I am hard working , flexible kind person.

  • Trince November 18, 2017, 1:26 pm | Link

    Hi……I am trince from indonesian I Need someone to sponsor me because my parents can’t able to school me but really want study like others people

  • Shanuka October 29, 2017, 8:10 am | Link

    Hi. I am shanuka. I am frome sri lanka.22 years. Young guy. I konw hotel saide all working. How to apply

  • Manpreet October 28, 2017, 5:59 pm | Link

    I am 25 years i completed of commerce) in 2015 and working with a company from last three years as an accountant .Can i get sponsor visa in Australia?

    • jeff November 13, 2017, 11:08 pm | Link

      yes you can .contact me in mail [email protected] o

      • BobinOz November 14, 2017, 8:29 pm | Link

        And if you do contact Jeff Manpreet, and he gets around to asking you for money in order to arrange your sponsorship, or anything, as we used to say in the 70s back in UK, run like billy-o.

  • Adam October 12, 2017, 1:00 pm | Link

    Even I have been waiting for the invitation since 9 months. For NSW, it is quite difficult to get with 60 points. Currently I have 55 points.
    Edu: 15
    Age 30
    English 10
    What do you suggest me to do next?

  • Agu obioha Vincent October 7, 2017, 2:13 pm | Link

    I’m obioha Agu from Nigeria I’m 33yrs old I’m looking for a sponsor in Australia who can help me to get working permit visa, I’m egaer to work anywhere l can drive ,I’m computer literate , l can also work as car wash boy. I can pay for my flight ticket in as much d visa can be send to me . via my email [email protected] – contact +2348089128321

  • Agu obioha Vincent October 7, 2017, 2:05 pm | Link

    I’m obioha Agu from Nigeria I’m 33yrs old I’m looking for a sponsor in Australia who help to working permit in permit I’m egaer to work anywhere l can drive ,I’m computer literate , l can also work as car wash boy . contact +2348089128321.

  • Santhosh Paul October 5, 2017, 3:34 pm | Link

    Am Santhosh Paul from India ,i have diploma in mechanical engineering ,and have 2 years experience in mechanical field. I am searching for a job in Australia , how can I get sponsored , am also ready to go in general work ,sails boy etc…

  • Amarsingh October 2, 2017, 6:25 pm | Link

    Sir may visit tour sir visa Parobalam
    Response sand visit handal
    15. Days

  • Damcho Gyeltshen September 30, 2017, 6:45 pm | Link

    I am from Bhutan. I have graduated from Royal Thimphu College where I have adopted bachelor of Commerce in Finance as my Major for the four-year degree. I have a light vehicle and Taxi licence where I can drive all type light vehicles. So kindly intimate me if I am eligible for any job under the sponsorship scheme.

  • oyediran oyebode olumide September 24, 2017, 6:32 am | Link

    I am a electronic technologist in a state polytechnic in Nigeria, i would like to work any where in Australia. how can i get a job and work permit to enter Australia?

  • ishan fernondo September 23, 2017, 2:08 am | Link

    hi,I am from sri lanka and I am chef(commis 1).i have 5 yrs expirence in the hotel field.I am 29yrs old.I like to work Australia.can i find a sponsor.if any one to sponsor me plz contact my email [email protected] you

  • Salom Minar August 30, 2017, 12:44 pm | Link

    I am a RN from Papua New Guinea seeking sponsored nursing Jos in Australia. Please write and reply to my email. Kind regards.

    Salom Minar

  • Supun Madhushanka August 29, 2017, 11:45 am | Link

    Hi,I am from sri Lanka and I completed diploma in mechatronic technology and electrical and electronic technology.I am 25 yrs old.can i find a job in Australia.Can i find a sponsor.If any one like to sponsor me plz contact my [email protected]

  • Prasad August 27, 2017, 3:32 am | Link

    Hi .. I am sri lankan. My job is sticker cuting and disaining vihecal . I have 20 years experiance. I like come from australia.i am 37 years old.

  • Daniel . K August 26, 2017, 9:27 am | Link

    Am 47 yrs old and a qualified civil structural engineer, can I get sponsored to Australia.
    An from Nigeria.

  • Bulk Mat Man August 25, 2017, 4:52 pm | Link

    Hey bob, i think its key for people to remember what industry is big in each state/city. for eg WA is great for mining and engineering.

  • Abel A Gwaro August 21, 2017, 10:55 pm | Link

    Am in Kenya, I want to work as a garden boy in Australia, can I get search, and how?

  • 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.

      • FreddieL October 19, 2017, 8:40 pm | Link

        Hi Bob,so what the MARA agents can do is give consultation and help the visas applicant to process their visa,other than that do they provide any other aid?

        • BobinOz October 21, 2017, 12:18 am | Link

          I couldn’t possibly give you a full list, but MARA migration agents can generally help with expression of interest, skills assessment, skills identification, skills available for sponsorship state-by-state, and of course, most importantly, making sure you have a valid application and that it is submitted correctly.

          MARA agents may be able to help with other things, but any agent who might suggest they can also help you find a job is probably promising more than they can deliver.

  • 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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