The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)

The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) allows Australian employers to fill highly-skilled positions in Australia with a non-Australian citizen or resident, when the employer:

  • cannot find a suitably qualified person from the Australian labour market; and
  • is unable to provide for their staffing needs through their existing training programs.

The ENS process consists of 2 distinct parts;

  • an assessment of the nomination (described below) lodged by the employer; and
  • the assessment of the proposed employee\'s personal application


The employer must:

  • be actively and lawfully operating in Australia; have a satisfactory record of training Australians;
  • and be an employer of good standing the position must be full-time and available for at least 2 years
  • correspond to a highly skilled occupation that appears on the current Gazette Notice;
  • be paid at least a specified minimum salary that appears on the current Gazette Notice

Personal Application

The visa applicant must:

  • have been working in Australia in the occupation for a period of 2 years prior to the application being lodged, (the last 12 months being with the nominating employer); or
  • have qualifications assessed by the relevant authority as equivalent to the Australian standard; or
  • be nominated for a position which attracts a base salary of more than $180,001 (excluding superannuation and allowances).


  • Have a high level (vocational) level of English language. Application of waiver of this provision is possible under certain circumstances
  • Have a minimum of 3 years post-qualification work experience
  • Applicant is 49 years of age or under. Application for waiver can be applied for under \'exceptional circumstances\'
  • Applicant and dependent family members included in the application are all of good health and character

If you would like assistance with an application, please contact us

Why Visa Executive

At Visa Executive, we provide our clients with:

  • An efficient and transparent service
  • One point of contact for both the client and employee throughout the whole visa process
  • A unique on-line system that enables clients to track the progress of applications
  • A flat structured fee for each visa category
  • Updates on frequently changing immigration laws
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