With job vacancies of over 30,000 and ranked in the top five vacancies in many states, mechanics have become hot property

Strong and growing customer demands, and our international borders finally re-opening, has not surprisingly led members to look at recruiting skilled workers from overseas to plug this skills gap.
Having assisted AAAA members for many years, and as a registered migration agent, Graham Copson of Copson Migration Partners says he thought it timely then to look in this article at the processes of employing and sponsoring overseas workers, using the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) 482 visa.
Most businesses need workers as quickly as possible, and the TSS may be the ideal visa for this process, he explains. It is a three-stage process as explained below.
• Stage One – Sponsorship: the business needs to become established as a standard business sponsor which lasts for up to five years. To do this you will need to demonstrate that the business is legally operating and actively operating.
• Stage Two – Nomination: you will need to advertise for the position for at least four weeks, offer a job to the successful candidate, and pay the market rate for the position (which must be over $53,900 pa + superannuation).
• Stage Three – Visa: the applicant needs to lodge their visa. They may need to meet skills, health, and character assessments as part of their application.
Graham says there is no doubt that employing overseas workers can take time and is certainly more costly. However, having worked both recruitment and the migration law side bringing skilled, qualified, and experienced tradespeople from overseas to Australian businesses for over 18 years, he says it can be both a rewarding and very cost-effective strategy for businesses.

If you need any help or have any questions, please feel free to contact Graham Copson (MARN 1575606) of Copson Migration Partners by email at graham@copsonmigration.com

For more information, visit www.copsonmigration.com