Travel and Train the Australian Way…

  1. The employer (that’s NOT YOU) drives the application.  An Australian specialised “training visa” is needed. Staff Leasers all know the drill.   Sometimes they process internally, some outsource to a local Visa service.  Training visa’s, with your support, are not that difficult to get.
  1. There’s a heap of paper work that must be exact.   The Worker also needs to be exact. Being turned down because not every box is ticked is NOT unusual.
  1. Typically it only takes a week or so to get a Visa. If there are any delays, it’s usually due to the requirement for “original” documents etc.
  1. You must play it with a straight bat – The Worker is employed by your Staff Leaser (or other third party) – a Philippine Company (will need evidence)
    – the customer is you an Australian Company (you need to provide a support  and guarantee letter) – the purpose is for you to train the Worker in Australia.
    We always have them do the same work in Australia as they do in the Philippines – with a training oversight.
  1. You may need to get the Worker a passport. It’s a cheap and fairly easy process in the Philippines – most delays occur because the Worker may have changed names or has no Birth Certificate (believe it or not).
  1. Get an Employment contract guaranteeing they cannot leave you for 1-2 years – if they do, they have to repay the costs.
  1. Fly them on the ONE airline – check bags through to the Australian destination. This is important.  Do NOT change airlines in Singapore or Hong Kong.
  1. Make sure you take out Accident and Sickness Insurance.
  1. Give them $50/$100 a week CASH so they can purchase incidentals. UNDERSTAND they do NOT have ANY disposable income.  They cannot afford $5 for a coffee.
  1. On arrival provide an Australian prepaid mobile in case they get lost. Philippine Pre-paid Cell phones do NOT work in other countries.
  1. House them in your (or staff) home – NOT a motel.  Obviously provide all food. You do need to consider the diet – rice to a Filipino is like spinach to Popeye.
  1. Make sure they clearly understand staying at the Bosses house does NOT make them special (important).
  1. Allow access to a computer online at your home (they need to talk to family – an after hour’s thing).
  1. Make it worth the air tickets – unless female with small children – keep them in Aussie 4-6 weeks. But don’t keep them too long, they can become too familiar with AU customers / life style and this will spoil a good worker.
  1. They are NOT your “Employee” so none of the Fairwork BS counts.  The employer is a Filipino Company. None of the 457 stuff is applicable – they are training NOT working for you (you are not directly paying them).
  1. Remember you want to Australianise them as much as teach your processes – so go to our local zoos, wildlife places etc. We take our trainees to the Footy etc.

 Deviate from the above at your peril