Australian on-hire labour agreements

A Great Way To Hire Overseas Skilled Talent

If you are looking for a way to source the skills and expertise your business requires but can’t find them locally, EPG Migration’s on-hire labour agreement may be the solution you’re looking for

What is an on-hire labour agreement?

A formal agreement between on-hire businesses and the Australian Government, on-hire labour agreements allow skilled overseas talent to work temporarily or permanently in Australia. 

On-hire agreements allow businesses to engage a foreign worker’s services without directly sponsoring them – saving time and money and reducing the risk of non-compliance with immigration laws.

Who can use it?

On-hire labour agreements are an excellent way for businesses to access the skilled workers they need when they need them. This flexibility allows companies to respond quickly to changes in demand and ensures they have access to the skills and expertise required to stay competitive.

Some of the occupations currently eligible for on-hire labour agreements include:

  • Chefs
  • Nurse and Midwives
  • Medical practitioners
  • ICT professionals
  • Engineers

Have a question?

To find out more about current eligibility for on-hire labour agreements or enquire about relocating talent, contact our team by clicking on the button below.

What are the benefits?

Save time: a quicker and simpler way to find the staff you need.

Reduce risk: the on-hire business ensures that the workers comply with their visa conditions, reducing non-compliance.

Access critical skills: access the skills and expertise needed, even if they aren’t available locally.

Retain top talent: workers can be on-hired for up to four years.

Common myths about on-hire labour agreements?

There are a few common myths about on-hire labour agreements, which include: 

Candidates are not of the same calibre and skill level as local workers


Widening your talent pool into overseas markets enables you to access top global talent

They are only for businesses that can’t find local workers


They are the perfect solution for project-specific work, intercompany transfers or business expansion

They are only for low-skilled occupations


Over 400 occupations are included in the government skilled occupation list covering various industries

Using a labour agreement is expensive and time-consuming


Applications are often processed faster and require less administration time – saving time and money

How does it work?

Step 1: Identify your Worker
Identify the candidate you wish to hire in Australia, and EPG will start the process of employing them compliantly. We will take on the risk associated with their employment to ensure in-country compliance.

Step 2: Immigration Paperwork
Our team of Immigration Specialists will provide a seamless experience and guide your new employee through the complex immigration process.

Step 3: Onboarding
We provide the technology to onboard your staff digitally, delivering transparency and compliance throughout your new talent’s employment journey.

Step 4: Grow Your Team and Accelerate Your Business Growth
We collaborate with you to facilitate the ongoing performance management of your worker, with compliance courseware and essential training delivered via our learning management system.

EPG Migration

If you are struggling to source the skills and expertise you require locally or are missing the legal requirements needed to sponsor skilled foreign workers directly, our team can help.

EPG Migration will help you navigate Australian Immigration and employment laws quickly and efficiently. As a result, you can focus on running your business while we take care of the details.

Contact EPG Migration today to learn more about On-hire and other labour agreements and whether they are the right solution for your business. Our consultants and lawyers will assess your business needs and advise the best course of action.

EPG Migration is part of a larger solution

What if you could tap into one group for all your workforce management needs?

On the ground in 14 global locations, the EPG Group’s permanent and contingent staffing solutions, immigration expertise and payroll services are powered by Human Capital Management technology that delivers assured compliance and global workforce analytics to drive business growth.