Rights to work in Australia

  • Please apply when you are in Australia.
  • If you’re already in Australia, make sure you’re not using any VPN connection.

It is a legal requirement that you must have a current, valid visa with working rights in Australia to apply for jobs in Australia.

This means that:

  • You must be currently residing in Australia with a valid visa with working rights, or
  • You are an Australian permanent resident or citizen, or
  • You are arriving in Australia shortly and will obtain a visa with working rights then.

It is illegal for employers to hire a worker who does not meet the requirement.

Thus, as an overseas job seeker without a valid visa and working rights in Australia, you cannot apply for jobs in Australia.

If you do not meet this requirement, please do not enter untruthful answers to apply for jobs and ask for sponsorship.

What does it mean when a job ad says “sponsorship available”?

In most cases, this means that the employer is willing to sponsor a candidate who is:

  • already in Australia on another type of visa which does not currently allow them to work, or
  • already living and working on another visa in Australia

For example, a candidate, who is in Australia on a student visa, may be available for the sponsorship.

With limited exceptions, the employer may sponsor an overseas worker provided that the occupation must be in the Australian government’s Skilled Occupations List.

Generally, sponsorship for overseas candidates seeking entry-level jobs is simply not possible. For example, waiter, kitchen hand, cook, delivery driver jobs cannot be sponsored. The occupation must be in the skilled occupation list that local Australian residents cannot supply, in specific regions, to be open for sponsorship.

For more information, please visit Australian Government website.