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Are You An Aged-Care Provider Seeking Staffing Solutions?

We can assist you in applying for an Aged Care Labour Agreement to sponsor and employ migrant workers.

The aged care skills shortage within the Australian aged-care industry has been well documented, especially in occupations such as registered nurses, enrolled nurses, and personal care assistants. However, an Aged Care Labour Industry Agreement between aged-care providers and the Department of Home Affairs can help fill these vacancies with migrant workers.

Aged-care providers wishing to enter into this agreement must make a case justifying why they believe sponsoring a migrant worker is needed for their business. At Nevett Ford, our migration lawyers have decades of experience and expertise in preparing and negotiating labour agreements and handling complex visa sponsorship matters. 

How Nevett Ford Lawyers can assist:

We recognise the critical role played by the aged-care sector in meeting the needs of Australia’s ageing population. Hence, our migration lawyers are committed to helping aged-care providers recruit professional migrant workers and securing visas for them, by:

  • providing preliminary assessment,
  • advising regarding the potential eligibility of prospective candidates , and
  • offering ongoing advice and assistance in preparing, negotiating, and managing Aged Care Labour Industry Agreements.


Contact us today to find out how we can help give your agreement and visa sponsorship application the best chance of success.

How Aged Care-Providers Can Apply

The Aged Care Industry Labour Agreement allows aged-care providers to sponsor skilled migrant workers to work in Australia for up to four years. The terms and conditions of this labour agreement are non-negotiable, and several requirements must be met by both the provider and the worker.

Requirements For Aged-Care Providers 

Enter a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant industry union in your State or Territory
  • Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
  • Health Services Union
  • United Workers Union
Must provide appropriate salary
  • Employ the worker on a full-time basis
  • Meet the National Employment Standard for overtime hours

Pay the worker a minimum of $51,222 (guaranteed annual earnings) or the Australian Market Salary Rate for the position, whichever is higher

Migrant Worker Employment Criteria

Workers must have relevant sponsored visas
  • Subclass 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage Visa
  • Subclass 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme Visa (after a two-year transition period)
You must have nominated workers for the selected occupations
  • Nursing Support Worker
  • Personal Care Assistant
  • Aged or Disabled Carer
Workers meet English language requirements
  • Standard Subclass 482: IELTS 5.0(or equivalent) with component scores of 5.0 for speaking and listening and 4.5 for reading and writing
  • Diverse Subclass 482: IELTS 4.5 (or equivalent) with no component minimum, as long the worker is fluent in the target community language
  • Subclass 186: IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) with no component minimum
Workers must have the necessary skills and qualifications
  • Subclass 482: Relevant Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate III or equivalent, or higher qualification, or have 12 months of relevant full-time work experience or equivalent part-time experience
  • Subclass 186: Relevant AQF Certificate III or equivalent qualification
  • Applicants with work experience or overseas qualifications will require a skill assessment from ANMAC
Workers must have the relevant work experience
  • Subclass 482: no minimum work experience is required
  • Subclass 186: At least two years of full-time work experience in Australia in a direct care occupation
Workers need to meet the age requirement
  • Subclass 482: no age limit
  • Subclass 186: maximum 45 years old

For aged-care providers interested in applying for the Aged Care Labour Industry Agreement and sponsoring migrant workers’ visas, our lawyers can assist in assessing your eligibility before providing personalised legal advice.

You can also request a Labour Agreement checklist by filling out your details below:

    Why Choose
    Nevett Ford

    Over 150 Years Of Experience

    Backed by decades of experience, our migration lawyers are skilled in providing comprehensive Aged Care Industry Agreement and sponsorship visa assistance – from initial eligibility assessments to agreement negotiation, application lodgement and management.


    Personalised, Tailored Service

    Our visa lawyers will prioritise your unique Aged Care Industry Agreement and sponsorship visa needs, providing tailored solutions beyond a one-size-fits-all approach.

    High Success Rate

    We have a proven track record of providing successful visa sponsorship results by preparing a “decision-ready” application – even in cases where your previous application has been rejected by other lawyers.

    Stress-Free Application Process

    We are committed to easing your burden by assisting you in submitting a complete Aged Care Industry Agreement and sponsorship visa application, helping you stay on your deadlines, and liaising with the authorities on your behalf.


    Fast Responses

    We understand the importance of timely support, especially in migration cases. Hence, if you reach out to us, you can expect a prompt response from our team, typically within 15 minutes or less.

    Initial Fixed Cost Consultations

    Our migration lawyers are committed to delivering transparent, efficient, and cost-effective legal advice. Trust our team to guide you through the Aged Care Labour Industry Agreement and visa sponsorship process with professionalism and integrity.

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    If you are overseas, please contact our office on +61 3 9614 7111