Mechanic jobs in Australia with sponsorship

Here at Techs On The Move, we field lots of enquiries from vehicle technicians around the world unsure of their opportunities for mechanic jobs in Australia with sponsorship. Whether it be through the experiences of friends or family, from movies or TV shows, or gleaned from other sources of popular culture like international sports, techs from around the world generally seem confident that life in Australia would be great. However, they’re often unsure of how they might get to Australia, and whether they’ll be able to stay here.

This short blog will outline the three most common types of visas that we deal with in bringing technicians here for mechanic jobs in Australia, and we’ll show how sponsorship is weaved through them. There are many more visas here in Australia – almost 100 of them actually! – but this group are those most relevant to technicians.


417 Working Holiday visa

This visa is limited to citizens of the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Canada, many European nations, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Republic of Korea. It allows travellers between 18 and 31 years of age one year in Australia with the right to work for any one employer for no more than 6 months, but does not require any formal sponsorship.

The 417 is a favourite for technicians and employers alike as both can ‘try before they buy.’ Technicians can settle into a new city with an unfamiliar business and be sure they are comfortable before perhaps staying on, whilst employers can get a chance to see how a technician works before perhaps committing longer term. Technicians in Australia on a 417 also benefit from a lower tax rate, giving only 15% of their pre-tax earnings to the government.

Perhaps the key detail then is that technicians on a 417 can transfer to a longer-term visa, more often than not a sponsored visa like the 457 (scheduled to be replaced in March 2018 by the new TSS visa), should they have a willing sponsor. It is then a great way for technicians to experience Australia, build relationships and gradually increase commitment as they get more confident Down Under.


457 and TSS sponsored visa

This is a very common visa and a favourite of the automotive industry and employers generally. With the right qualifications, this visa allows vehicle technicians from all over the world to spend 4 years in Australia if they have the support of an approved sponsor. Mechanic jobs all over Australia are filled by 457 holders, who are eligible to apply for permanent residency utilising different pathways (Direct entry or Temporary Transitional) depending on their specific circumstances.

The 457 visa allows technicians with families to bring their immediate loved ones with them to Australia, and in time transition to permanent residency together. Technicians’ children can attend public school without any charge in some Australian states, and must purchase a basic form of private health care insurance. The sponsoring business is often responsible for the costs of the technician’s application for a 457 visa, but not for those of their families.

The 457 visa is being replaced in March 2018 with the incoming TSS (Temporary Skills Shortage), with no major changes in the conditions available for the applicant. It will, however, become more expensive for techs to add their families to a TSS visa, and it may cost sponsors significantly more to nominate applicants than it does now.


General Skilled Migration (GSM) Points Based Permanent visas

It is often possible for foreign technicians to achieve permanent residency before starting work in Australia. As a points-based visa, technicians with sufficient experience, language skills and within an ideal age range can earn enough points to apply for this visa. Though it comes at significant cost, this visa allows mechanics to take jobs all over Australia without the need for sponsorship, and therefore they can work wherever they want, for whomever they want. In effect, this is the desired outcome for technicians wishing to stay beyond the timeframe of a 457 or TSS visa, which the GSM Points Based Permanent visas shortcut.

GSM Visas also allows a greater amount of flexibility for arriving families, as no fees for public schooling will apply in any state or territory for those that hold this visa. It’s ideal for those wanting complete freedom, and only one step removed from Australia citizenship, which becomes optional at a later date.


The bottom line

No matter whether the right mechanic job in Australia for you requires sponsorship or not, if you’re under 45 years of age there is likely a visa option for you. Techs On The Move is here to help talk you through these details, and because we’re Australian Registered Migration Agents as well, we can handle all of your visa needs in-house. Even without sponsorship, our consultants work hard to secure jobs for technicians with great conditions and strong pays rates with industry leading employers. We look forward to hearing from you.