Employers must continue to demonstrate persistent labour market needs instead of simply transferring temporary visa holders to permanent residence. Employers are also expected to have fulfilled all sponsorship obligations, including training and recruitment obligations, during their current and previous employment contract. An employer can apply for an employment contract online on the ministry`s website and must attach all relevant documents. The request is free of charge. It can take up to 6 months for the application to be processed. You must confirm that you have a strong track record or a proven commitment to the employment of local workers. You must also declare that you have a strong track record or a proven commitment to non-discriminatory work practices. Project agreements allow infrastructure or resource development projects in situations of real skills or labour shortages to access skilled and specialised foreign temporary labour through the subclass 457 visa. . .