Electrician Skills in Demand Visa

Electricians of any age are eligible to live and work in Australia via the Skills in Demand Employer Sponsored Visa provided they secure a job offer and have the right skills and qualifications for the position.

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How to Work in Australia as an Electrician

 

The occupation Electrician is on the 2024 Australia Core Skills Occupation List (CSOL). This means Electricians are eligible for the Skills in Demand Visa.

 

This is an Employer Sponsored Work Visa, valid for four years and renewable once. The Skills in Demand Visa offers a pathway to Permanent Residence for Electricians with visa processing times of between 7 and 21 days.

Skills in Demand Visa process for an Electrician

 

  • Have a positive Skills Assessment with VETASSESS
  • Receive an Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR)
  • Hold a Provisional State License to work as an Electrician
  • Receive an Offer of Full Time Employment as an Electrician
  • Do 6 Months Australian Context Training
  • Receive an A-Grade Electrical License in Australia
  • Be competent in English

Employer Sponsored Work Visas for Electricians in Australia

 

In 2024, Australia introduced the Skills in Demand Visa, replacing the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Employer Sponsored Visa (Subclass 482). This new visa better aligns with the current economic needs of Australia by targeting specific skills that are in high demand such as Electricians.

 

Key Features of the Skills in Demand Visa for Electrician Jobs in Australia

 

The Skills in Demand Employer Sponsored Visa consists of three tiers aimed at different levels of Electrician:

 

Specialist Skills Pathway: For specialized Electricians earning a minimum salary of $135,000 the Skills in Demand work visa will be issued in less than 7 days.

 

Core Skills Pathway: This pathway is for professional Electricians with an employment offer paying more than AUD$70,000.

 

The ANZSCO Code for an Electrician in Australia is 341111 and the occupation is on the updated Core Skills Occupation List. Work visa applicants with a job offer will receive their visa in less than 21 days.

 

Essential Skills Pathway: Is for Electricians earning less than AUD$70,000 per year and work visa applicants will get their visa in 21 days or less.

 

The impact for Electricians wanting to work in Australia

 

With the Skills in Demand Visa the pathway to living and working in Australia as an Electrician has become much more simple and straightforward.

 

Compared to the Skilled Migration & TSS pathways, the SID Visa is the cheapest, easiest and quickest way to work in Australia as an Electrician.

The Skills in Demand Visa still requires employer sponsorship, yet all streams of the SID Visa provide clear pathways to permanent residency.

 

Pre-screening Requirements

 

Skills Assessment or Direct Licensing

 

The first step is to get your Skills Assessed. This is a mandatory part of the process as an Electrician. The Skills Assessment Authority for Electricians looking for work in Australia is

 

The Skills Assessment Authority doubles as Licensing to work as Electricians in Australia.

 

Skills Assessment for Electricians is a complicated process, involving many moving elements. You are required to validate and evidence your identity, skills, experience and qualifications as an Electrician.

 

Only after Skills Assessment can you have meaningful conversations with employers because you are ‘Work Ready’.

 

Migration Consultant LLC can assist with your Electrician Skills Assessment for one low fee. All we require from you is the right information at the right time.

Unlock Dedicated Electrician Recruitment Services in Australia

 

After Skills Assessment you are ‘Job Ready’. There is no age limit for a Skills in Demand Visa for an Electrician to work in Australia. It is the best option available to live and work in Australia.

 

In 2024, Migration Consultant LLC acquired Top Jobs in Australia™, a dedicated recruitment firm specializing in the placement of Internationally qualified Electricians for the Skills in Demand Employer Sponsored Visa.

 

Our recruitment service is free to you although you must be ‘Job Ready’ first with your Skills assessment and Electrician Licensing in place.

 

If our recruitment team find you a job then there are no Visa fees to pay as we ensure these are covered and arranged by your new employer. We also ensure some form of relocation is included such as flights and shipping though this does depend on your experience and the Electrician role you are applying for.

 

You are not obligated to use our low cost Skills Assessment service, but Top Jobs in Australia™ cannot represent you without this in place first.

 

Take advantage of our free eligibility check to see if you are eligible to work in Australia as an Electrician and to check if you will pass the Skills Assessment process.

Benefits of the Skills in Demand Visa for Electricians

  • No age limit
  • Valid for 4 years, renewable once
  • Work in Australia as Electricians
  • Enter and leave Australia when you choose
  • Change employers without losing work experience points
  • Your family are included
  • 180 days to find a new Electrician sponsor if you leave your job for any reason
  • Pathway to Permanent Residence
  • Visa Processing times of 21 days or less
  • Shortage of Electricians in Australia
  • Better work life balance
  • Improved salary and respect

How Employers in Australia can hire Electricians from overseas?

 

Employers in Australia looking to hire Electricians from overseas with the “Skills in Demand Visa”will find this process now easier when compared with previous Employer Sponsored Visas.

 

The Skills in Demand visa builds on aspects of the Temporary Skill Shortage visa, simplifying certain requirements that were previously seen as overly complex.

 

Simplified Labor Market Testing

 

As of December 2023, the mandate for employers to advertise positions through Workforce Australia has been eliminated. Employers now need to run only two valid advertisements for their Electrician positions, down from the previous three.

 

Additionally, the period for which an advertisement must remain valid has extended from four to six months. Employers should complete their advertising within this six-month window before submitting a visa nomination application.

 

Looking ahead, the government will shift from requiring employer-driven advertising to relying on independent verification of labor market needs by Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA).

 

Revamped Fee Structure

 

Currently, sponsors face various fees including sponsorship ($420), nomination ($330) fees, and the Skilling Australian Fund (SAF) levy (up to $7200).

 

The new Skills in Demand visa for Electricians will introduce a trailing fee model, reducing the financial burden of upfront payments.

 

This change will also accommodate easier transitions for workers between employers, removing the hefty upfront cost burden from the initial sponsoring employer.

 

This adjustment represents a significant improvement for employers.

 

Enhanced Employer Compliance

 

The Migration Amendment (Strengthening Employer Compliance) Act, effective from 1 July 2024, introduces stricter penalties and establish new offenses for violations of sponsorship obligations.

 

The approval process for Electrician sponsorship applications will see increased scrutiny. Employer workplace practices, compliance history, any negative findings from regulatory bodies, and past bankruptcies will undergo thorough examination to ensure rigorous vetting.

 

Additional steps will be taken to enhance post-arrival monitoring and ensure employers adhere to fair pay and conditions for workers. This involves coordination with the tax system and the integration of Tax File Numbers and Single Touch Payroll systems.

 

These changes aim to streamline the hiring process under the Skills in Demand visa, making it more straightforward for employers to hire overseas qualified Electriciansand meet their obligations, while protecting the rights of their new hires.

 

*Top Jobs in Australia™ and Migration Consultant LLC only work with already approved employer sponsors which simplifies the hiring process between interviews and job offer.

What are the Job Prospects for an Electrician in Australia?

The electrical services industry in Australia is set to grow over the next five years, ensuring a positive employment outlook for electricians.

 

Significant job growth is being driven by construction projects, infrastructure development, and the renewable energy sector. There is a critical need for domestic, commercial and industrial electricians.

 

Electricians in Australia have strong employment opportunities, with 93% of workers employed full-time. The average weekly earnings for full-time electricians are around AUD 2,204, translating to approximately AUD 53 per hour. These are the average rates, with many overseas qualified Electricians earning substantially more.

 

The geographic distribution of electrician jobs varies, with major cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth being prime locations due to extensive construction activities and urban development.

 

However, regional areas also present opportunities as these regions face acute skill shortages. Employers in remote and very remote areas report difficulties in attracting qualified applicants due to location challenges​.

 

The Australian Government's push towards renewable energy, including solar and wind power has created new job opportunities for electricians specializing in these areas with expertise in installing and maintaining renewable energy systems.

Average salaries for Electricians working in Australia

State-by-State Average Salaries for Electricians

 

New South Wales (NSW)

 

Electricians in NSW earn an average annual salary of around AUD 90,000 to AUD 110,000. Metropolitan areas like Sydney offer higher salaries due to increased demand and cost of living.

 

Victoria (VIC)

 

In Victoria, electricians make approximately AUD 85,000 to AUD 105,000 per year, with Melbourne being a major hub for electrical work.

 

Queensland (QLD)

 

The average salary in Queensland ranges from AUD 80,000 to AUD 100,000 annually. Cities like Brisbane and the Gold Coast offer opportunities in both residential and commercial sectors.

 

Western Australia (WA)

 

WA has some of the highest salaries for electricians, averaging between AUD 100,000 and AUD 145,000, particularly in mining and industrial sectors in regions like Perth and the Pilbara.

 

South Australia (SA)

 

Electricians in SA earn about AUD 80,000 to AUD 100,000 per year, with Adelaide being the primary area of employment.

 

Tasmania (TAS)

 

The average salary in Tasmania is slightly lower, around AUD 70,000 to AUD 90,000, reflecting the smaller scale of industrial and construction activities.

 

Northern Territory (NT)

 

Electricians in NT can expect to earn between AUD 90,000 and AUD 110,000, with a significant portion of work related to mining and remote area services.

 

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

 

In ACT, particularly in Canberra, electricians earn around AUD 85,000 to AUD 105,000 annually, with government projects being a significant source of employment.

 

Sector-by-Sector Average Salaries for Electricians in Australia

 

Residential Sector

 

Electricians working in residential settings typically earn between AUD 80,000 and AUD 95,000 annually.

 

Commercial Sector

 

In commercial settings, electricians earn approximately AUD 85,000 to AUD 105,000 per year.

 

Industrial Sector

 

The industrial sector has some of the highest salaries, ranging from AUD 95,000 to AUD 135,000 annually.

 

Mining Sector

 

Electricians in the mining sector, particularly in WA and NT, can earn between AUD 120,000 and AUD 145,000 per year. These roles often come with additional benefits and allowances due to the demanding nature of the work.

 

Renewable Energy

 

Electricians specializing in renewable energy can command salaries between AUD 90,000 and AUD 120,000, reflecting the growing investment in sustainable energy projects across the country.

Can I change employers?

Under the Skills in Demand Visa, visa holders have 180 days to find a new employer if they cease working with their current sponsor. This extended period provides time to secure a new job without the immediate pressure of leaving the country.

 

During the 180 days visa holders are allowed to work for other employers in any occupation to support themselves financially while searching for a new employer sponsor.

Do I need to do an English Test to work as an Electrician in Australia?

If you are an Electrician and are a citizen of one of the following countries then you are exempt from taking an English language test:

 

  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland

 

Electricians from other countries will require an English Test for their Skills in Demand Visa. The IELTS English Test is a popular choice for overseas Electrical Workers and you will be required to score a minimum of 5.0 in each component (listening, reading, writing, and speaking) or an overall average of 5.0 with at least 4.5 in each component.

How long does the recruitment process take take?

Migration Consultant LLC works with major and local electrical employers in NSW, QLD, VIC, TAS and NT.

 

An Electricians Skills Assessment process usually takes between 12 and 26 weeks depending on test center availability. After receiving a successful Skills Assessment we will present you to our employers. After receiving a formal job offer the Skills in Demand Visa will be processed in just 21 days.

Who processes the Skills in Demand Visa? Do I need to hire a MARA Agent?

We only work with approved Sponsors. This means your employer will take care of the Visa Processing and you don't need to worry about the Visa Paperwork. Sometimes an employer uses internal MARA Agents as part of their HR team but you will never need to hire one yourself as our Recruitment Candidate.

Can I switch from a Working Holiday Visa to a Skills in Demand Visa as an Electrician?

Yes, you can switch from a Working Holiday Visa to a Skills in Demand Visa as an electrician in Australia.

 

To begin this transition, you need a positive skills assessment and if you are not from the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, or Ireland, you will need to prove your English language proficiency by taking a test like IELTS.

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