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What is labour market testing?

Labour market testing is an important part of the recruitment process. It ensures Australian job seekers are given the opportunity to take up a job before it is offered to workers from the Pacific or Timor-Leste under the SWP or the PLS.

Under the SWP and the PLS, you must submit evidence of labour market testing for each recruitment application. The validity of labour market testing has been increased to 12 months, which reduces red tape for employers.

Workers can only be recruited where you can demonstrate unmet labour need and where you have genuinely attempted to employ suitable Australian workers first. An Australian worker is someone who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident.