Recruit Overseas Family Support Workers to Work in Australia

Hire Overseas Family Support Workers to Work in Australia

Recruit Overseas Family Support Workers to Work in Australia

This article is specifically aimed at Australia Healthcare Organisations looking to recruit overseas Family Support Workers to work in Australia and fill for hard to source for vacancies. We are going to guide you through the process of attracting and employing the best Internationally Qualified Family Support Workers for your Healthcare Organisation.

 

If you are a a Family Support Worker looking for information on how to work in Australia, then follow this link for the information relevant to you: How to Work in Australia as a Family Support Worker

Alexander King, CEO of Migration Consultant LLC discusses the advantages and disadvantages of hiring overseas staff, Australian Immigration, Visas, AHPRA Licensing and how to take advantage of the new Skills in Demand Employer Sponsored Visa for Family Support Workers as well as showing you how Migration Consultant LLC is on a mission to fill every outstanding vacancy in the Australian Health System.

Recruit Overseas Family Support Workers – A Guide for Australian Healthcare Organisations

 

The Australian healthcare sector is currently grappling with a severe shortage of skilled Family Support Workers. This shortage is driven by a combination of an aging workforce and high turnover rates. As local supply continues to fall short of demand, recruiting Family Support Workers from overseas has become a critical strategy for many healthcare organisations in Australia.

 

According to Health Workforce Australia, there could be a shortfall of more than 100,000 nurses (including Family Support Workers by 2025 and up to 123,000 by 2030. The aging nurse population, many of whom are approaching retirement, exacerbates this issue. Moreover, violence and burnout among nurses have worsened the situation, with approximately 28.73% of Family Support Workers considering quitting due to the relentless pressures they face.

 

The shortage of Family Support Workers has profound implications for healthcare delivery in Australia. The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) reports that the number of vacant nursing positions has doubled in the past year, with at least 8,000 positions currently unfilled nationwide in any given week.

Key Benefits of Recruiting Internationally Qualified Family Support Workers

 

  • Immediate availability of experienced Family Support Workers
  • Diverse expertise from variety of Family Support Worker perspectives
  • Introduce international standards and procedures to improve care
  • Enhance patient communication and understanding in multicultural settings
  • Build a resilient and sustainable nursing workforce
  • Overseas Family Support Workers often stay longer with adequate support
  • Reduce long-term costs through stable staffing

Understanding the Visa and Immigration process when recruiting overseas Family Support Workers

 

The Australian Government has replaced the old 482 TSS Visa with the Skills in Demand Visa. The role of Family Support Worker is on the Core Skills Occupation Pathway (code 411713), making Family Support Workers eligible for this streamlined Employer Sponsored Visa.

 

From a Family Support Worker employer perspective the advantages of the Skills in Demand Visa for Overseas qualified Family Support Workers are:

 

Reduced Processing Time for Family Support Worker Visas

 

The Skills in Demand Visa streamlined the process of hiring skilled overseas Family Support Workers. The visa introduced three pathways tailored to different skill levels ofFamily Support Worker.

 

Family Support Worker Specialist Skills Pathway

 

  • Eligibility: Highly skilled Family Support Workers with a minimum annual salary of AUD 135,000.
  • Processing Time: 7 days.

 

Core Skills Pathway for Family Support Workers

 

  • Eligibility: Family Support Workers in occupations with a minimum salary of AUD 70,000.
  • Processing Time: 21 days.

 

Essential Skills Pathway

 

  • Eligibility: Family Support Worker roles with salaries below AUD 70,000.
  • Processing Time: 21 days.

 

Simplified Labor Market Testing

 

The mandate for healthcare employers to advertise positions through Workforce Australia has been removed. Family Support Worker Employers now only need to place two valid advertisements for their vacant positions.

 

The period for which an advertisement must remain valid is six months. This means Employers looking to hire overseas Family Support Workers should complete their advertising within this six-month window before submitting a visa nomination application.

 

In 2025, the Australian Government will change from requiring employer advertising to using independent verification of labor market needs by Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA).

 

New Fee Structure

 

Currently, employer sponsors of Family Support Workers into Australia face the following fees:

 

  • Sponsorship ($420)
  • Nomination ($330) 
  • Skilling Australian Fund (SAF) levy (up to $7200)

 

The new Skills in Demand visa for Family Support Workers has a trailing fee model, reducing the financial burden of upfront payments. This “pay-as-you-go” system makes it more accessible for employers to sponsor overseas Family Support Workers without the high upfront costs currently associated with the TSS visa.

 

This change also means easier transitions for Family Support Worker between employers, removing the upfront cost burden from the initial sponsoring employer.

 

Family Support Worker employers will be eligible for refunds on the SAF levy if the sponsored employee leaves before completing the sponsored period to ensure that employers are not unfairly financially penalized for early termination of employment.

 

However, alongside the SAF levy changes, the Australian Government is implementing tougher measures for employer compliance, ensuring employers meet their sponsorship obligations and are held accountable for breaches.

 

Sponsorship and Application Procedures

 

Employer Nomination

 

For an overseas Family Support Worker to be eligible for the Skills in Demand Visa, they must be sponsored by an approved Australian employer. The employer must demonstrate that they have been unable to find a suitably skilled Australian worker to fill the position. This process involves:

 

Labour Market Testing

 

Employers must advertise the {Mising} position locally to ensure no suitable local candidates are available.

 

Sponsorship Approval

 

The Healthcare employer needs to be approved as a sponsor by the Department of Home Affairs.

 

Nomination Approval

 

The employer nominates the overseas Family Support Worker for the position, detailing the job role and salary.​

Partnering with International Recruitment Agencies for hard to fill Family Support Worker positions

 

Choosing the right international recruitment agency for your Family Support Worker positions is crucial.

 

Look for agencies with a strong reputation and a proven track record in healthcare recruitment. Opt for agencies that specialize in healthcare recruitment, particularly in overseas qualified Family Support Workers. Specialized agencies understand the specific challenges with recruiting Family Support Worker professionals.

 

According to Alexander King, CEO of Migration Consultant LLC, “We have been successfully supplying professionals to the United States healthcare sector due to the ease of employer sponsorship and the H1B Visa. Many of these Family Support Workers initially wanted to move to Australia but the restrictions on the old TSS visa made it unappealing to both employers and applicants.

 

These restrictions included lengthy processing times, high upfront costs for the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) levy, and limited pathways to permanent residency. With the introduction of the new Skills in Demand Visa, these barriers have been significantly reduced”.

 

As King notes, “Our Family Support Workers are now eager and willing to relocate to Australia. The streamlined process and reduced financial burden make Australia a very attractive destination.”

 

Over the last five years, Migration Consultant LLC has supplied over 3,000 medical professionals to the United States from the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. All our professionals are pre-screened and come from countries that are global leaders in healthcare.

 

For our Australian Healthcare Employers, our applicants are already registered with AHPRA, making the process easier

 

By partnering with a reputable and specialized international recruitment agency like Migration Consultant LLC, Australian healthcare organizations can effectively recruit overseas Family Support Workers to work in Australia, addressing critical workforce shortages and enhancing quality of care.

How long does it take to recruit overseas Family Support Workers to Australia?

On average, healthcare organizations looking to recruit overseas Family Support Workers should allow 4 to 6 weeks for our recruitment process to complete.

 

Our recruitment process is not just about filling vacancies quickly; it's about finding the right fit for your organization.

 

We pride ourselves on our bespoke approach, tailoring each recruitment assignment to meet the specific needs and culture of your healthcare facility.

 

Here’s how we ensure a perfect match:

 

Detailed Understanding

 

We start by thoroughly understanding your organization's requirements, culture, and the specific challenges of the Family Support Worker role you are looking to fill.

 

Extensive Sourcing

 

Our global network allows us to source highly qualified candidates from a diverse pool. We go far beyond traditional recruitment channels to find the best talent.

 

Comprehensive Screening

 

Every candidate undergoes a rigorous screening process, including credential verification, skill assessments, and in-depth interviews to ensure they meet your standards. We also ensure they either already have their License to practice, or have submitted an application.

 

Cultural Fit

 

We evaluate candidates not only on their professional qualifications but also on their ability to adapt to your organizational culture and the Australian healthcare environment.

 

Support and Preparation

 

We assist candidates with every aspect of their transition, from visa applications to relocation, ensuring they are fully prepared to integrate smoothly into your team.

 

By taking these extensive measures, we ensure that every Family Support Worker we present to you is not just qualified but is also the right fit for your organization, contributing positively to your team and patient care.

Can Migration Consultant LLC assist with Visas?

We can assist with the Visa processing of your prospective new hire. We also find that many of our Clients prefer to do this themselves and have existing teams in place to process Employer Sponsored Visas. If not, we'd be happy to walk you through the process.

What are your recruitment fees?

These depend on the level and difficulty of hire. For example, we source experienced, highly qualified Family Support Workers as well as advanced nursing staff, and specialist Medical Doctors. We also recruit across the wellbeing spectrum including Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Drug & Alcohol Counselors.

 

Our standard terms are 50% on acceptance of offer and 50% upon start date, payable within 14 days of each stage.

What Medical Professionals Can Migration Consultant LLC Recruit?

  • Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
  • Medical Radiation Therapist
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Sonographer
  • Optometrist
  • Orthoptist
  • Retail Pharmacist
  • Dental Specialist
  • Dentist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Podiatrist
  • Audiologist
  • Speech Therapist
  • General Practitioner
  • Resident Medical Officer
  • Anaesthetist
  • Specialist Physician
  • Cardiologist
  • Clinical Haematologist
  • Medical Oncologist
  • Endocrinologist
  • Gastroenterologist
  • Intensive Care Specialist
  • Neurologist
  • Paediatrician
  • Renal Medicine Specialist
  • Rheumatologist
  • Thoracic Medicine Specialist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Neurosurgeon
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Paediatric Surgeon
  • Reconstructive Surgeon
  • Vascular Surgeon
  • Dermatologist
  • Emergency Medicine Specialist
  • Gynaecologist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Pathologist
  • Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist
  • Radiation Oncologist
  • Midwife
  • Nurse Researcher
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Aged Care Nurse
  • Child and Family Health Nurse
  • Community Health Nurse
  • Critical Care and Emergency Nurse
  • Disability and Rehabilitation Nurse
  • Medical Nurse
  • Mental Health Nurse
  • Perioperative Nurse
  • Surgical Nurse
  • Paediatric Nurse
  • Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Organisational Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Anaesthetic Technician
  • Cardiac Technician
  • Paramedic
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Technician
  • Enrolled Nurse
  • Family Support Worker
  • Youth Worker

What locations in Australia does Migration Consultant LLC operate in?

  • New South Wales
  • Queensland
  • Melbourne
  • Northern Territory
  • Tasmania
Migration Consultant Alexander King
Migration Consultant at Migration Consultant LLC | Website

Alexander King is a leading authority in the field of migration, holding a prominent role as a Head of Compliance at Migration Consultant LLC (https://migrationconsultant.com). With years of expertise under his belt, King has guided countless individuals and families on their journey to immigrating to Australia and Canada, shaping countless lives with his professional advice and in-depth knowledge of immigration law and procedures.

His profound understanding of the complexities of immigration coupled with his unparalleled skills in tackling these challenges has earned him a reputation as a trusted expert in his field. This expertise is shared in his groundbreaking book, "How to Immigrate to Canada," a comprehensive guide designed to streamline the process for those aspiring to call Canada their new home.

King's dedicated, compassionate approach to helping others stems from his own experiences. Born and raised in a multicultural community, he grew up witnessing the struggles and triumphs of people striving to start new lives in new countries. This drove his passion for guiding others through their immigration journey, a passion that he pours into his work and writing.

Authoring "How to Immigrate to Canada" has been an endeavor close to his heart. King hopes that through his words, he can demystify the often daunting process of immigration, making it accessible and achievable for everyone.