Australia releases Enterprise Migration Agreement guidelines

Australia has released their Enterprise Migration Agreement submission guidelines designed to help "project owners and prime contractors on eligible resource projects" to hire overseas workers.

Australia is currently experiencing a major boom in the mining Industry; Companies do not have enough workers to complete all scheduled projects. The government has stepped in with EMAs to help alleviate labour shortages by providing a streamlined immigration process for foreign workers.

"Now that the submission guidelines have been released, eligible projects will be able to make submissions for access to an EMA," said a Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) spokesperson.

"The agreements are available to resource projects which have been approved by the relevant state or territory government with capital expenditure of more than $2 billion and with a peak workforce of more than 1500 workers," the spokesperson added.

DIAC said it was committed to implementing an EMA with an eligible company within three months of a submission request.

"Access to overseas skilled workers will ensure the workforce needs of major resource projects are met, realising the economic and employment benefits of the projects", the spokesperson said.