If you are having difficulty filling vacancies locally in your business, sponsoring a skilled migrant through an employer sponsored visa program may help you fill your skills needs. 

The employer sponsored visa programs enable local South Australian businesses to fill skills needs when they have been unable to fill a skilled position locally.

There are two employer sponsored visa pathways available to local businesses in South Australia:

1. Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494) - Employer Sponsored Stream

This visa pathway enables employers to sponsor a skilled migrant and as part of the employer endorsement application process to the Department of Home Affairs, the employer needs to seek advice from a Regional Certifying Body (RCB). The Regional Certifying Body in South Australia is Skilled & Business Migration.

For more information on this pathway, please see the following pages:
Visa Overview.
RCB Requirements 

2. Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) & Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494)  - Labour Agreement Streams

The South Australian Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMA) enable employers to sponsor overseas workers under the Labour Agreement streams of the Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482) and the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494). South Australia has entered into two DAMA agreements: Adelaide Technology and Innovation Advancement Agreement and South Australian Regional Workforce Agreement. Employers interested in a Labour Agreement under the DAMA must first be endorsed by the South Australian Government. If the occupation you are trying to fill is listed on the DAMA Occupation List, this may be a pathway you can consider to recruit and sponsor overseas workers.

For more information on this pathway, please see the following pages:
Visa Overview
Endorsement Requirements
Designated Area Migration Agreements 
DAMA Assessment Criteria

By applying for endorsement or seeking advice for employing overseas workers you will benefit from access to the following:

  • Recruit skilled workers in cases where you are unable to find a local worker
  • An extensive list of occupations
  • A range of concessions to the standard skilled visa criteria. 
Sponsorship Options
Depending on your business sector and the position you are seeking to fill, there are two visa pathways that enable local businesses to recruit and sponsor overseas workers.

Employer Requirements

The requirements for Skilled and Business Migration applications vary depending on the visa option you choose. Please review the requirements aligned with your chosen visa.

Application Process

Depending on your sponsorship pathway suited to your business situation, application processes will vary and there is a range of documentation you will need to prepare.