In December 2022, the government announced that bus and truck drivers would have a time limited residence pathway through a sector agreement.
It has now been confirmed that people who work in roles covered by the ANZSCO code 231213 Ship’s Master / Skipper, and 899211 Deck Hand will be added to the sector agreement with a time limited pathway to residency.
Skippers will need to be paid the market rate, and migrant worker deckhands will need to be paid at least the median wage to utilise this sector agreement.
Details of the bus truck, and now skipper and deckhand, sector agreement are still being worked through. Full details will be announced soon with implementation expected to begin from late May.