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I have recently got a successful skills assessment for general manager (although it no longer appears on the skills in demand lists), and I am now looking to see if I can get employer sponsorship.  I have spent most of my career in public service and so my skills are probably more desirable in within public service.  Does anyone know whether state/government departments can sponsor individuals through employment for the purposes of a permanent residency visa?  Has anyone been lucky enough to get sponsorship this way? 

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State sponsorship is not about being sponsored for an actual job, it just that that State wants people with particular skills to settle in that State. We do not know yet what occupations the States will sponsor as they have not released their lsists. Additionally that release will be delayed as the Federal Government is in caretaker mode with the upcoming election.

I suggest you look at Australian jobs on seek.com.au and otjher such sites to try to lodate a sponsor.

Best of luck

Chris McGrath
Hi Lisa,

I think you are asking whether you can get sponsored by a Government employer? To be honest, in my experience it is tougher to find sponsorship in the Public Sector. However, the public sector is changing. They are suffering skills shortages also and are changing their recruitment campaigns and processes so that they can be more attractive as employers. In the past it was almost impossible for a local Australian to become employed by the Public Sector. It is good to see this changing, albeit slowly.

I have not yet worked with any clients who have successfully gained sponsorship within the Public Sector, however, that does not mean it is impossible, particularly with the changes that are happening. My advice would be to focus on applying for sponsorship by suitable departments in the Public Sector, however, also look at other areas you could easily transfer your skills to. If you like, you can send your CV through and I'll give you my professional opinion on your best options. My email is nadine@nabthatjob.com.

Cheers,

Nadine
The public sector can certainly sponsor employees - in fact I think you'll find that the majority of employer sponsorship comes from the public sector (not surprising as it includes Hospitals and Schools and you'll have seen how occupations in the medical and teaching fields dominate the in demand lists). I don't know about actual government departments but I saw an advert in the FT last week from one government agency - APRA (the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority - their equivalent of the FSA) - who are not only recruiting right now but including an offer of "Visa/relocation support for you and your family" in their adverts. That's if you've got the exact skill set they need of course!
You have a very good point, Ken - I had forgotten of all the hospitals, doctor and dental surgeries that are constantly sponsoring overseas professionals. Thanks for your positive input!

Ken Fayers said:
The public sector can certainly sponsor employees - in fact I think you'll find that the majority of employer sponsorship comes from the public sector (not surprising as it includes Hospitals and Schools and you'll have seen how occupations in the medical and teaching fields dominate the in demand lists). I don't know about actual government departments but I saw an advert in the FT last week from one government agency - APRA (the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority - their equivalent of the FSA) - who are not only recruiting right now but including an offer of "Visa/relocation support for you and your family" in their adverts. That's if you've got the exact skill set they need of course!
Thanks Chris, that is helpful. My agent has told me I need to wait a month or so before we can look at state sponsorship, but in the meantime I am trying to see if I can find employment. I have an interested party but they are not sure if they can sponsor me. I will look at the site you recommend.

Christopher McGrath said:
State sponsorship is not about being sponsored for an actual job, it just that that State wants people with particular skills to settle in that State. We do not know yet what occupations the States will sponsor as they have not released their lsists. Additionally that release will be delayed as the Federal Government is in caretaker mode with the upcoming election.

I suggest you look at Australian jobs on seek.com.au and otjher such sites to try to lodate a sponsor.

Best of luck

Chris McGrath
Liam, that is great news, well done, I am excited for you. My husbands friend left 3 weeks ago for Perth, so we have seen first hand what it is like to get the green light. Good Luck and thanks for the info.

liam mccormick said:
Hi Lisa
I have been fortunate enough to be sponsored through a labour agreement nomination for a permanent resident visa which my family and I have been granted. We go over to Perth on the 24th Aug and can't wait but I am joining the RAN -Australian Navy having just left the Royal Navy making this is a government sponsored job using a subclass 120 visa. Maybe you could get your sponsorship this way, it only took 13 days for my visa to be granted which was fantastic. Good luck!
Nadine, thank you for your comments, this is the first time I have used the forum and I am struck by the supportive comments I have received. I have an interested party, which may not turn out to be fruitfull, but I would like to be able to offer them some positive comments on their ability to sponsor should they wish too. I will certainly send my CV over for your comments, thank you for the offer.

Nadine Myers said:
Hi Lisa,

I think you are asking whether you can get sponsored by a Government employer? To be honest, in my experience it is tougher to find sponsorship in the Public Sector. However, the public sector is changing. They are suffering skills shortages also and are changing their recruitment campaigns and processes so that they can be more attractive as employers. In the past it was almost impossible for a local Australian to become employed by the Public Sector. It is good to see this changing, albeit slowly.

I have not yet worked with any clients who have successfully gained sponsorship within the Public Sector, however, that does not mean it is impossible, particularly with the changes that are happening. My advice would be to focus on applying for sponsorship by suitable departments in the Public Sector, however, also look at other areas you could easily transfer your skills to. If you like, you can send your CV through and I'll give you my professional opinion on your best options. My email is nadine@nabthatjob.com.

Cheers,

Nadine
Thanks to all of you for your comments. I contacted the South Australia and Queensland Migration Teams (still awaiting a response from the latter), at the same time as posting this discussion, and the information gained here has been more informative, that's not to say that they were not helpful, but were just non committal. Every little bit of information takes me (hopefully) one step closer.
Dear Lisa

Someone else may have pointed this out but General Manager (ASCO Code) is now called Corporate General Manager (ANZSCO code) and is on the state skilled occupaton list. The thing is though with the upcoming election and Government in caretaker mode the states will not be releasing their lists until after the election.

Check with skills assessing authority in regards to their transition arrangements from 1 July with the new codes.

Your question in regards to getting government departments to sponsor you I worked for government for over a decade and never heard of this but if you would like me to look into it further send me a message.

thanks and regards
Danielle
Danielle, thanks for this. I contacted both the QLD and SA migration teams at the same time as making my post. The QLD team came back quite clearly that public/state departments can sponosor, it is up to them, but many are not used to doing so. I think it will come down to whether they need/want my skills enough. Now that I have the combined feedback from the migration teams and from this site, I have the confidence to get started on submitting my CV and I will see what happens.
Also, since making this post I have found my job on SOL schedule 4, but apparently I have to wait until after the election to see what states will sponsor me, so in the meantime, anything I can do to try and secure employment can only help.

Danielle Ferris said:
Dear Lisa

Someone else may have pointed this out but General Manager (ASCO Code) is now called Corporate General Manager (ANZSCO code) and is on the state skilled occupaton list. The thing is though with the upcoming election and Government in caretaker mode the states will not be releasing their lists until after the election.

Check with skills assessing authority in regards to their transition arrangements from 1 July with the new codes.

Your question in regards to getting government departments to sponsor you I worked for government for over a decade and never heard of this but if you would like me to look into it further send me a message.

thanks and regards
Danielle
Hi Lisa
That is great news. If you are paticularly interested in South Australia, it is possible from what I have been told by my sources.All the best.

Lisa Nother said:
Danielle, thanks for this. I contacted both the QLD and SA migration teams at the same time as making my post. The QLD team came back quite clearly that public/state departments can sponosor, it is up to them, but many are not used to doing so. I think it will come down to whether they need/want my skills enough. Now that I have the combined feedback from the migration teams and from this site, I have the confidence to get started on submitting my CV and I will see what happens.
Also, since making this post I have found my job on SOL schedule 4, but apparently I have to wait until after the election to see what states will sponsor me, so in the meantime, anything I can do to try and secure employment can only help.

Danielle Ferris said:
Dear Lisa

Someone else may have pointed this out but General Manager (ASCO Code) is now called Corporate General Manager (ANZSCO code) and is on the state skilled occupaton list. The thing is though with the upcoming election and Government in caretaker mode the states will not be releasing their lists until after the election.

Check with skills assessing authority in regards to their transition arrangements from 1 July with the new codes.

Your question in regards to getting government departments to sponsor you I worked for government for over a decade and never heard of this but if you would like me to look into it further send me a message.

thanks and regards
Danielle

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