Summary of Terms

Comparable labour market

A labour market is the commercial environment in which people exchange their work for income and where employers and workers ‘trade’ on the demand for, and supply of, skills.  If you do not have skilled employment or an offer of skilled employment, your work experience must have been gained in a comparable labour market in order for you to claim points.  Work experience is assessed as being in a comparable labour market if it was undertaken in one of the following countries by:


  • a citizen or permanent resident of that country; or
  • a person who had the lawful authority to work in that country.


Australia Japan
Austria Malaysia
Belgium-Luxembourg New Zealand
Canada Netherlands
Cyprus Norway
Denmark Philippines
Finland Portugal
France Republic of South Korea
Germany Singapore
Greece Spain
Iceland Sweden
Ireland Switzerland
Israel South Africa
Italy United Kingdom
United States

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For a definition of comparable labour market from our Operational Manual, see SM11.10.1.  See also Work experience and Recognised work experience