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Understanding the New Changes to Australia’s Labour Market Testing Rules

Understanding the New Changes to Australia's Labour Market Testing Rules

By Hardeep Singh Ghattor, Registered Migration Agent (MARN: 1575980)at Excel Migration Pty Ltd.


Australia’s immigration landscape is continuously evolving, and the latest changes to the Labour Market Testing (LMT) rules under the Migration Act 1958 are a testament to this dynamism. These changes, encapsulated in the Migration (LIN 23/072) Determination 2023, mark a significant shift in how Australian businesses approach the process of hiring overseas workers.

Let’s understand the meaning of these changes and how they will impact both employers and the potential visa applications.

Simplifying the Process

The core objective of these amendments is the drive to simplify the existing labour market testing requirements. Previously, businesses were mandated to advertise job vacancies on the Workforce Australia website www.workforceaustralia.gov.au to prove that they had sufficiently tested the local market before seeking overseas talent. This rule, which was usually seen as limiting and complicated, is no longer in place.

What's New in the Amendments?

  1. Flexibility in Advertising: The new rules provide greater flexibility for employers in advertising job vacancies. Businesses can now choose from a variety of advertising methods.
  2. Streamlining Compliance: The government aims to reduce the compliance burden on employers by removing the mandatory requirement to use the Workforce Australia website.
  3. Clarification on Advertising Duration: The amendments also clarify the duration of advertising, stipulating a minimum continuous period.

The Impact on Employers

For Australian employers, these changes are a welcome relief, offering a reduction in administrative tasks and the opportunity to customise job advertisements more effectively.

What Does It Mean for Visa Applicants?

For overseas individuals seeking employment in Australia, these changes could lead to a more diverse range of job advertisements and potentially increased opportunities, while still prioritising Australian workers.

Balancing Local Employment and Global Talent

The essence of labour market testing – to protect the Australian labour force – remains unchanged. These amendments aim to balance the need to prioritise Australian workers while acknowledging the value of overseas talent.


The Migration (LIN 23/072) Determination 2023 reflects a progressive step in Australia’s migration policy. By streamlining labour market testing requirements, the government is easing the compliance burden and opening up new avenues for global talent acquisition. This change is positive for Australia’s growing and diverse economy.

About the Author

Hardeep Singh Ghattor is a licensed and experienced migration agent, registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARN 1575980).

As the founder of Excel Migration Pty Ltd, Hardeep specialises in providing comprehensive and personalised immigration services to clients. For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit www.excelmigration.com.au or contact 0469 736 195.