Labour Agreements

Labour Agreements

Labour agreements for Restaurants (Premium Dining) and the Hotel and Accommodation Sectors

Labour Agreement – Restaurant (Premium Dining)  |  Labour Agreement – Hotel & Accommodation

Labour Agreement – Restaurant (Premium Dining)

Labour Agreements provide an opportunity for restaurants to recruit overseas workers with are either not eligible for the standard migration programmes or offer variations to terms and permanent visa options for occupations not normally eligible.

To qualify, you will need to meet the following entry requirements:

  • employs highly experienced staff
  • offers a wine list
  • has revenue of at least $2 million per annum
  • is non-franchised
  • requires specialised front-of-house staff (including but not limited to Trade Waiters)
  • Sommeliers, Maitre D’s
  • requires specialised back-of-house staff (including but not limited to Wok Chefs, Sushi Chefs, and specialised cuisine Chefs).

You will be able to sponsor the following occupations:

  • Chefs (351311)
  • Cooks (351411)
  • Cafe and Restaurant Manager (141111)
  • Trade Waiter (Maitre D, Sommelier Floor Supervisors) (070499)

All occupations will have a pathway to apply for permanent residency under the temporary transition pathway.  Chef and Cooks must work with you for two years on a 482 visa, and Cafe and Restaurant Manager and Trade Waiters will have to complete 3 years.

The age limit for PR applications is also lifted to 55.

For a TSS and SESR visa, the Nominee must achieve:

  • an overall score of at least IELTS 5.0 (or equivalent);
  • no less than IELTS 4.5 for listening and speaking components (or equivalent); and
  • not less than IELTS 4.0 for reading and writing components (or equivalent).

Labour Agreement – Hotel and Accommodation

It is assumed that you must be a Licensed Hotel to access the agreement with the labour agreement providing opportunities for roles specific to the Hotel and Accommodation industry to recruit overseas workers.

You will be able to sponsor the following occupations:

  • Cafe or Restaurant Manager (141111)
  • Hotel or Motel Manager (141311)
  • Hotel Service Manager (431411)
  • Accommodation and Hospitality Manager nec (141999)
  • Cook (351411)
  • Chef (351311)
  • Pastry Cook

All occupations will have a pathway to apply for permanent residency under the temporary transition pathway. The applicant must complete 3 years on a 482 visa to be eligible.  This applies to all occupations.

There are some concessions on the age limit:

  • For Overseas Workers nominated in the occupations ‘Cafe or Restaurant Manager’, ‘Hotel or Motel Manager’, ‘Hotel Service Manager’ or “Accommodation or Hospitality Manager nec’, applicants must be under the age of 55 when applying for the visa.
  • For Overseas Workers nominated in the occupations Cook, Chef or Pastry Cook, applicants must meet Standard Skilled visa program requirements – Nil concessions.