Sanctions imposed on sponsors of skilled foreign workers

Employers approved by the Department of Home Affairs may sponsor people who are not Australian citizens to work for them in Australia. The sponsored work visa program targets genuine skill shortages, diverse business expertise and increases entrepreneurial talent, without displacing Australian workers.

A sponsor of foreign workers must comply with all Australian immigration and workplace laws. The exploitation of foreign workers has lasting negative impacts on Australian communities and individuals, and on Australia’s international reputation. The Australian Government does not tolerate abuse of Australia’s employer sponsored work visa program.

If you suspect a sponsor has breached their sponsorship obligations, you can report it anonymously to Border Watch.

For information on Australian workplace entitlements, go to Fair Work Ombudsman.

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Standard business sponsors

Sponsor Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) (subclass 482) visa holders, which replaced the Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa in March 2018. TSS visa holders can be sponsored for one to four years depending on the nominated occupation, visa stream and circumstances.

Temporary activity sponsors

Sponsor Training (subclass 407) and Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa holders. Visa holders are generally sponsored for between three months and four years.

Register of sanctioned sponsors

The Australian Border Force maintains a publically available register of sponsors who have breached their sponsorship obligations. Public disclosure aims to deter other sponsors from breaching their obligations and protects foreign workers from exploitation by enabling them to inform themselves about working for a potential sponsor.

Updates to the publically available register occur periodically and include sponsors who have breached their obligations since 18 March 2015.