Sponsoring and relocating an overseas employee

Griffith University is committed to attracting and retaining exceptional and diverse staff who will positively contribute to Griffith's development as a university of influence.

Immigration and relocation advice at Griffith

The University's Immigration and Relocation Adviser manages all of the University's nominations and relocations for staff, and can initiate your first consultation with our external partner, SIRVA, if required, whether it is a visa application enquiry, or a relocation activity.

Relocation Adviser

Who can we use to help them move?

Griffith is in partnership with SIRVA Worldwide Relocation and Moving. SIRVA's relocation services include customising and coordinating an entire move and ensuring all staff and their families arrive safely at their new homes. SIRVA also provide services as a Migration Agent. They can review or prepare and submit a visa application on your behalf to reduce possible risks or delays. Read the documents below to learn about Griffith's relocation policies:

Removal and Relocation Assistance Policy

Removal and Relocation Guidelines

Change hours and campus/reports to

Change of hours

This guide is intended for all Continuing and Fixed Term staff who need to apply for Change ofHours via Self Service which is then work flowed onto the supervisor for approval. This form replaces the existing paper-based form.

Change of Hours - User Guide

Change campus/reports to

This guide is intended for Supervisors to change ‘Campus’ or ‘Reports to’ of their team members.

Request campus/reports to change (by Supervisor)

Immigration updates

On 12 August, 2018, the Skilling Australians Fund ( SAF ) Levy replaced the previous training benchmarks for employers who sponsor employees on the following visas

  • Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)
  • Permanent Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186)
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187).

For nominations lodged on or after 12 August 2018, Griffith is required to:

  • make an upfront payment at nomination stage of $1,800 per year, per employee applying for a new Temporary Skill Shortage visa
  • make a one off payment of $5,000 for each employee sponsored for a permanent Employer Nomination Scheme visa.

The Element or School which chooses to sponsor an overseas employee to work for the University is responsible for the SAF levy. Refunds of the levy are made in various circumstances, to find out more, please contact Immigration and Relocation Adviser.

For some visa types Griffith must show a local labour market has been tested before nominating an overseas worker.

Labour market testing generally involves advertising the position in Australia.

Griffith must provide a copy of the advertising material used to advertise the position when we nominate an applicant.

For most nominations, advertising must be done within the 4 months immediately before lodging a nomination application.

Advertising of the nominated position must meet all of the below:

  • the advertisement was in Australia, in English and included the following information:
  • the title, or a description, of the position. Note, multiple positions in one advertisement are acceptable
  • the skills or experience required for the position
  • the name of the approved sponsor or the name of the recruitment agency being used by the sponsor and
  • the salary for the position
  • at least 2 advertisements were published
  • advertisements including on websites, are expected to have run for at least 4 weeks.
  • a visitor may have their visa cancelled at the airport where it is believed they have contravened certain sections of the Biosecurity Act 2015
  • a temporary visa, including a subclass 457 and a Temporary Skill Shortage(TSS) visa, may be cancelled where it is reasonably believed the visa holder has imported‘ objectional goods’ including:
    • goods that describe, depict, express or deal with matters of sex, drug
    • misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty and violence or material offending
    • morality, decency and propriety,
      for instance, child exploitation material
    • and material inciting or advocating crime, violence, or terrorist activity
    • a person whose visa has been cancelled on these grounds will face a three - year exclusion period

Gold Coast and Perth are reclassified as regional areas in an effort to attract regional migrants.

The change is significant for skilled workers trying to apply for the two new regional provisional visas, the Skilled Work Regional(Provisional) subclass 491 visa and the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional(Provisional) subclass 494 visa to commence on 16 November 2019.

Both new visas offer a streamlined pathway to permanent residence.

students studying in a regional area would be awarded extra 5 points in the Skilled visa points grid and extra 1 year
for the graduate 485 visa.

The regional classification of Perth and the Gold Coast would improve their capacity to attract international student and overseas skilled workers and enable businesses to source their skilled work force from overseas workers.

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Immigration and relocation enquires

For more information and advice, please contact the Immigration and Relocation Adviser.

07 3735 4011

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