Australia is a wonderful place to live and work, offering lifestyle and employment opportunities. To seek employment in Australia, you are required to apply for and be granted a valid Australian visa with work rights. A number of temporary and permanent skilled visas are available for applicant to apply for. Australian laws provide all employees with basic rights and protection in the workplace.

If you are not currently living in Australia and would like to find out more about the process of living and working in Australia you will first need to review the visa options.
If you have skills or qualifications that Australia needs, through SkillSelect you can be invited to apply for a skilled visa by the Australian Government, nominated for a skilled visa by a state or territory government, or nominated for a skilled visa by an employer.


Allows skilled workers and business people interested in migrating to Australia to record their details so they can be considered for a skilled visa through an Expression of Interest (EOI). SkillSelect Support provides all the information you need to get started in SkillSelect, and has step-by-step user guides and frequently asked questions.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Work in Australia – visas and immigration

Provides information on a range of temporary and permanent skilled visas for workers who want to either work temporarily or migrate to Australia.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Australian Skills Recognition Information

Designed to assist skilled workers migrating to or temporarily working in Australia. ASRI helps you find out how to get a skills assessment for your nominated occupation including educational qualifications, skills or experience that you have gained overseas.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Rules for seeking Legal Work in Australia

The following documents can be used as evidence of having a right to work in Australia:

  • Evidence of permanent resident status
  • Temporary visa with entitlement to work
  • Australian or New Zealand passport
  • Certificate of Australian citizenship
  • Australian birth certificate

If these documents are shown as evidence and there is NO photograph, a photograph will be requested such as one from a driver’s licence.

The following documents alone are NOT proof of a right to work:

  • Tax File Number
  • Bank accounts
  • Driver’s licence
  • Medicare card
  • Referrals from employment agencies

Applicable Work Visa’s:

Visa Description: Migrant or Resident Return Visa, Refugee/Special Humanitarian Visas, Provisional Resident Visas (ie,fiancées), Permanent Resident Visas, Provisional Independent Regional

Sub – Class:  100 to 159   200 to 217   300 to 310   800 to 866  495

For more information:

Australian Government  Department of Immigration and Boarder Protection:

Free call (within Australia) Australian Immigration hotline.  Phone: (+61) 1800 040 070
Fax: (+61) 1800 505 550

The service operates from 7.00am to 7.00pm, Monday to Friday and 8.00 – 4.00pm Saturdays Australian Eastern Standard time.