Australia is facing a significant demographic shift, with a rapidly aging population that is expected to place increased pressure on the country’s aged care system. To ensure that older Australians receive the care and support they need, the Australian Government has made a firm commitment to increasing the aged care workforce.
To support this commitment, the government has announced an Aged Care Industry Labour Agreement which will allow employers to sponsor direct care workers on skilled visas through the Aged Care Industry Labour Agreement instead of having to negotiate company specific labour agreements for each individual aged care provider.
Once a labour agreement has been established, employers will be able to utilise the Subclass 482TSS Temporary Skills shortage visa in direct care occupations such as:
* Nursing Support Worker
* Personal Care Assistant
* Aged or Disabled Carer
The agreement has allowed for sponsored overseas workers to apply for permanent residency under the Subclass 186 Permanent Employer Nomination Scheme Visa pathway if they have completed at least two years of work experience in a relevant direct care occupation.
Interestingly, the two years of work experience is not tied to a particular employer or visa subclass.