Australia Work Permits

Immigration is one of the primary concerns for anybody hoping to start working in Australia. Permanent employees will find it easy to get their Australia work permit because they’ll receive “sponsorship” for their entire stay from their prospective employer. The Australian work permit is dependent on this sponsorship because it confirms that you’ll be earning money during your stay in the country. Contracting in Australia is more difficult because the work permit is tied to one employer, so you have to change it to suit each new contract. Thankfully, umbrella companies provide a convenient and effective solution to this issue. 

Australia Work Permits

What is a Australian Umbrella Company?

Umbrella companies in Australia “employ” contractors, but don’t make any decisions about your workload, clients or anything to do with your day to day operation. They simply process your payments by billing and collecting money from your clients, calculating your taxes and sending you a net wage. This is equivalent to the PAYE (pay as you earn) system employed by many companies, and it makes handling your tax in Australia a lot simpler. The fact that they technically become your employer helps you get your working visa in Australia with minimal fuss. 

How Can Umbrella Companies Help You Get a Australia Work Permit?

As your permanent employer, umbrella companies are able to sponsor you for your Australia work permit provided they’re on the register of approved sponsors. Many different companies offer this service, because it makes contracting in Australia infinitely simpler and saves you the hassle of continuous paperwork. Instead of changing your work permit every time you get a new contract, you can just work how you ordinarily would under the same permit. They protect you from the bureaucratic “rain” of legal compliance with the Australian immigration authorities. They can even deal with the Australian Embassy directly. 

Through their service you may be able to use a business visa to get started quickly and then transition to a work visa in Australia. It depends on your specific Australia visa requirements. Be aware you may have to register for a residence permit in Australia.

Can Umbrella Companies Also Assist You with Australia Taxation?

Some umbrella companies are specialists in the Australian tax system. They constantly stay up to date with the legislation and ensure that you get to keep the biggest proportion of your earnings possible. The PAYE system is ideal for most workers because you don’t have to complete any paperwork (aside from submitting your timesheets to the umbrella company) or worry about your taxes in any way (you’ll receive documentation for your records, though). You have a team of experts ensuring that you’re paid promptly and the various requirements for tax in Australia are met. 

How We Help You with Contracting in Australia

We work closely with numerous umbrella companies in Australia and we have a thorough knowledge of the different services they provide - especially regarding immigration to Australia. If you’re a business analyst, IT project manager, software developer, tester, telecommunications contractor or an oil and gas worker, we can help you get sponsorship for your work permit and keep more of your earnings by setting you up with an umbrella company. We’ll also answer any questions you have about Australian visas or the country’s tax law, and we’ll contact the experts directly to guarantee 100 percent accurate advice. This all comes at no charge whatsoever to you and you’re not obligated to take on the services of any company. We’re just here to make your move as stress-free as possible. 

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Question and Answers about

Question and Answers about Work Permits in Australia

Q: Is it possible for a foreign national to be sponsored on a Work Permit in Australia?

A: Yes foreign cpntractors can get sponsored for 457 visas provided they meet the minimum sponsorship criteria. This is based on their job title, rate, experience and qualifications.

Q: How long does it take to get a Australia Work Permit?

A: 2-4 weeks.

Q: What is the visa process?

A: The sponsoring company actually makes the application. For the individual contractor all they need to do is submit their CV, passport scan and qualifications.

Q: what documentation is required from the candidate?

A: CV, passport scan and qualifications. Some nationalities may also have to pass a medical exam.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: The actual visa cost is $470 and the sponsoring company may charge a management fee on top of that. Our partners in Australia charge a fee that varies from 4-14% based upon the earnings level of the individual contractor.

Q: Can you transfer from a Business Visa to a Work Permit in Australia 

A: Yes but you must leave the country to activate the work permit.



Common Questions and Answers about Business Visas in Australia

Q: Can you organise business visas for Australia?

A: No

Q: How long does it take to process?

A: Electronic application for certain nationalities (Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, United States of America) which is processed immediately. Nationalities of these countries may apply through a visa agent, travel agent, airline or Australian visa office outside Australia : Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Republic of San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vatican City.

Q: How much does a business visa in Australia cost? 

A: $20 for online application

Q: Can nationals of certain countries enter Australia without a Business Visa? For example on an entry visa or visa waiver? 

A: Yes for citizens of Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, United States of America.