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 government’s skills lists

The following page contains a new combined listing of all eligible skills as well as the ANZSCO code and the assessing authorities.

(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.)

Once on that page, you should see a paragraph about halfway down that starts with “A current list of eligible skilled occupations…” and ends with a link to a “Combined current list of eligible skilled occupations.”

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

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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  • Tracey Price January 18, 2019, 7:07 am |

    Please could you give me some advise my son almost finished his two years sponsorship what is his next step , he was doing it through a solicitor that dear with permanent residency and had given her about 2, 000 but she as left the company and taken is money with him so I think we can forget that . So what would be the best thing ton do next

  • Ugochukwu ezioha January 12, 2019, 11:57 am |

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  • Sahan Sankalpa December 30, 2018, 12:34 am |

    Please check my cv & callme later.

  • Sahan Sankalpa December 30, 2018, 12:33 am |

    Please check my cv & callme later.

  • Ranidu November 25, 2018, 3:53 am |

    Hi, I’m currently enrolled in an Australian University to study a bachelors degree in Economics and Finance. I’d really like to know about my chances of getting PR and a job offer. Thank you

  • Rebekah November 20, 2018, 5:11 am |

    Need a job n australia

  • Paul Ndagire November 9, 2018, 9:58 pm |

    Paul from Uganda under automotive engineer so if tberes room.please adopt me

  • Joseph Kalolo November 1, 2018, 9:51 am |

    Hi there! I come from Tanzania(East Africa) I’m a website developer. I hold a bachelor degree in Computer science, my areas of expert is front end.
    I’m looking for a job in Australia.

    • Joseph Kalolo November 1, 2018, 9:53 am |

      My mail is josephkalolo[at]

  • James October 20, 2018, 7:57 am |

    Hi Bob

    Am James, from Kenya. Am experienced in hot and cold refueling to Military and civilian aircrafts. Previously I have worked in Kandahar Afghanistan in USA Military Base and currently working in Kabul Afghanistan, in a NATO base as an aircraft refueler. Am looking for more greener pastures. If you can help me get a job in Canada, I will appreciate so much. Thank you

  • Evans September 27, 2018, 1:00 am |

    Am looking for a heavy track drivers job

  • Akila Nisal Weerasinghe September 25, 2018, 3:27 pm |

    Im looking for electrician job in australia.

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  • Sara September 23, 2018, 5:49 am |

    Hi Bob, I’m bachelor of arts in economics (department for accounting and finances), from Serbia, currently working as bank teller in local bank, have less than 2 years experience in total. Can you tell me please do I have a chance to apply for job in Au and get visa, in banking/finance/accounting sector regarding the fact I do not have years and years of working experience?

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