It's a pathway for lower-paid workers with essential skills and might include those earning a salary under AU$ 70,000 a year. 

The government is considering the Essential Skills pathway in the context of the care and support economy, which has become essential to the quality of Australian life. 

The Essential Skills pathway is likely to have similarities with the current Labour Agreement visas.

Key features for the Essential Skills visa include:  

  • The Essential Skills Visa will provide a four-year work visa.
  • Visa holders will have the ability to move between sponsors with 180 days to find a new sponsor.
  • The time spent with any approved employer will count toward permanent residence requirements. This will avoid the clock resetting with each employer.
  • The Essential Skills Visa will have a clear path to permanent residency in Australia.
  • There will be a public register of sponsors to assist individuals in finding a new sponsor.

We will update this page as soon as we receive more information about the Essential Skills Visa.

Click here to learn more about the Skills in Demand Visas. 

This article is updated regularly. Last updated: Thursday, 15th February 2024

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