Pork industry Labour Agreement

The Pork Industry Labour Agreement lets you sponsor skilled overseas workers in the occupation of ‘senior stockperson (piggery)’ for temporary periods of up to 4 years and/or for permanent residence. The terms and conditions of the agreement are set and non-negotiable. Note that the concessions available under the agreement vary depending on the visa subclass as well as the designated regional location of the business.

As an employer, you must show that you meet the following requirements.


You can sponsor skilled overseas workers on these visas:

 TSMIT in Labour Agreements will be raised to $70,000 pa as of 1 July 2023.

Any concession to the TSMIT that exists in a Labour Agreement will continue at the current proportion ie, if there is a 10% concession on the $53,900 current TSMIT, there will be a 10% concession on the $70,000 level (eg $7000) from 1 July 2023.

The new Aged Care Industry Labour Agreement will not be affected.


You can only nominate the occupation of ‘senior stockperson (piggery)’. There is no Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) code for this occupation. Use the code 070499 instead when you nominate this occupation.

Occupation Tasks

Your sponsored skilled overseas workers completes the tasks of a ‘senior stock person (piggery)’. These tasks are:

supervise the site and facilities in terms of the required human resources, physical resources, safety requirements, consumables, documentation and measurement devices
provide overall maintenance and compliance of the Company Quality Assurance program for the site ensuring that all relevant documentation is kept current
supervise data collection and recording so information is accurate to aid stock and inventory control
undertake specific tasks assigned by management to ensure that environmental, quality and safety goals are met
implement preventable maintenance programs to reduce planned and unplanned down time
supervise trial sheds, collect and record data in accordance with trial protocols
select breeding stock and/or pigs for sale
supervise and participate in daily inspection of livestock, such that the animals are appropriately fed, watered, environmental parameters are fulfilled. The senior stockperson (piggery) in this case would work with and supervise a less experienced stockperson
supervise and participate in daily inspection of livestock, ensuring compromised animals are individually assessed, identified, treated and record in accordance with the Company Herd Health Plan and the industry’s Model Code of Practice
euthanise sick or injured stock in a humane manner and in accordance with the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Pigs
conduct post mortem examinations of deceased stock and report findings
collect boar semen at an artificial insemination laboratory
undertake processing duties within the artificial insemination laboratory
supervise and manage the mating of animals via individually supervised mating or through artificial insemination
supervise the birthing process, including the ability to physically conduct unsupervised internal assessments of females during parturition to minimise this incidence of still births
participate in company/industry training sessions and workshops as required
perform any other duty as required by the unit manager

English language

Overseas workers must meet English language requirements of the short-term stream of the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482).

Skilled overseas workers who do not meet the English language requirements of the Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) and the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494), can be considered to have sufficient English for this occupation if they demonstrate an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall test score of at least 5.0, with a score of at least 4.5 in each of the four test components, or equivalent.

Skills, qualifications and experience

To meet occupation requirements, skilled overseas workers must have at least:

an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate III in Agriculture (Pig Production), or equivalent qualifications as assessed by a registered training organisation and have at least 3 years of recent and relevant work experience in a medium-to-large size commercial piggery, or
• AQF certificate III in Agriculture (Pig Production) and at least 18 months relevant work experience in Australia, or
5 years of recent and relevant work experience
In addition to the above occupational requirements, there are also minimum levels of work experience that need to be met to satisfy visa criteria. The same work experience can count towards both the occupation requirements and visa criteria requirements.

Work experience requirements for visa eligibility purposes will vary depending on the location of the business and also the subclass of visa.


You must meet the salary requirements in place for the following programs:

Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)
Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) and
Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494).
The earnings of the skilled overseas worker in Category 3 regional locations and an Australian worker can be equal to, or greater than, 90% of the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT).


There is no age limit for the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482).

Applicants working in Category 1 regional areas must meet standard age requirements at the time of application for the:

Applicants working in Category 2 and 3 regional areas must be under 55 years of age at the time of application for the:

  • Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186)
    Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494).

Book a meeting today for a commitment free briefing with our Registered Migration Agents in Melbourne to find more about your visa options.