The United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement (UKFTA) came into effect on 31 May 2023. The UKFTA includes a groundbreaking decision to remove the Labour Market Test (LMT) requirement entirely for UK passport holders who apply for the Subclass 482 Temporary Skills Shortage visa.

What is the LMT requirement?

The LMT requirement is a time of application requirement for employer-sponsored visas whereby adverts need to be placed in a specific manner. It ensures that Australian employers genuinely attempt to and offer the employment opportunity to Australians from the local labor market before hiring overseas workers.

From 31 May 2023, employers nominating UK passport holders for Subclass 482 visas are exempted from the LMT requirement. This exemption aims to simplify and expedite the employment and sponsorship of UK nationals, making it easier, faster, and more cost-effective for Australian employers.

From a migration perspective, it may still be advisable to advertise the position, as this helps to demonstrate that the position is genuine. Such adverts can follow usual business practices for job advertising.

The removal of the LMT requirement for UK passport holders is a significant leap towards strengthening ties between the United Kingdom and Australia. This exemption will allow for streamlines the visa process, making it easier and faster for Australian employers to employ and sponsor UK nationals.