If you’re experiencing a shortage of local labour, you may be interested in hiring overseas workers.

The Pork Industry Labour Agreement (PILA) lets you sponsor skilled overseas workers. The PILA sets out the terms of agreement. If you’re looking to hire overseas workers, you’ll need to employ them:

• In the occupation of 'senior stockperson (piggery)'

• For periods of up to 4 years and/or permanent residence

• With the exact terms and conditions of the agreement. These are set and non-negotiable.


Learn more about hiring and the PILA below

Main requirements

If you’re looking to hire overseas workers, there are main requirements you and your potential employees will need to meet. These are outlined by the Pork Industry Labour Agreement (PILA).

The main requirements are:

• Qualification equivalent to AQF III in Agriculture (Pig Production) and three years’ experience, or at least five years’ experience in the pig industry

• Overseas workers will be provided a salary (market salary rate or the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT), whichever is the greater for a 44 hour working week rather than a standard 38 hour working week

• That the employer meets the labour market testing requirement for the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482)

• That overseas workers may transition to a permanent visa (Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) if they have held a 482 visa in the occupation of Senior Stockperson (Piggery) for a minimum period of three years.


For further information on the PILA, visit the Home Affairs website.

Policy submissions

Download our policy submissions for labour agreements.