Labour Agreement visa (subclass 855)

​This visa is closed to new applications.​


This visa is closed to new applicants.


You cannot get this visa.​

About this visa

The Labour Agreement visa (subclass 855) closed to new applications on 1 July 2012. You cannot get this visa. You might be able to apply for the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186).

Visa holders

Workers in Australia – including visa holders with permission to work – have rights under Australian workplace law.

The Fair Work Ombudsman’s Pay and Conditions Tool (PACT) provides information on pay rates, shift calculations, leave arrangements and notice and redundancy entitlements.

See also: Workplace rights for all visa holders working in Australia

This information is for people who have been granted a Labour Agreement visa (subclass 855). It explains your rights and obligations.

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.

What this visa lets you do

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any member of your family unit who has also been granted this visa:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia).

Your obligations

You do not have to work for the employer who nominated you, but you must comply with any obligations under your employment contracts or industrial laws that require you to give your employer an appropriate period of notice before you stop working for that employer.

Your employer’s obligations

Your employer must:

  • provide a full-time position
  • meet any additional requirements of the Labour Agreement
  • comply with all relevant Australian standards and workplace legislation for wages and working conditions.