Employing Foreign Workers

Our policy states what is required for an employer based within the Synod when considering employing a foreign worker. Foreign workers are defined as non-citizens who are temporarily visiting Australia.

Only persons with an entitlement to work in Australia can be employed.

Sponsoring Foreign Workers Visa Subclass 457

The Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa enables eligible employers to address short-to-medium-term skill shortages that cannot be filled from the local labour market.

Under prevailing immigration legislation, any entitlement to sponsor foreign workers to work in Australia under the Subclass 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) visa category is restricted to organisations that meet Department of Immigration and Border Protection (“DIBP”) requirements. Very few Uniting Church organisations within the bounds of the Synod will meet the stringent criteria set by DIBP. 

Our policy states what is required for Synod approval.


Sponsoring Foreign Religious Visa Subclass 401

The Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) visa (subclass 401) is for people who are sponsored to come to Australia on a temporary basis as a Religious Practitioner.

Under prevailing immigration legislation, any entitlement to sponsor foreign religious workers to work in Australia under the subclass 401 visa pathway is restricted to The Uniting Church of Australia Synod of NSW and the ACT.

The Synod of NSW and the ACT is the only organisation within the bounds of the Synod that holds this entitlement.

Our policy states what is required for Synod approval.