Republic of the Philippines
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Verification of Employment Contract for Direct Hired OFWS

/ overseas labor office, advisory

Please be informed that Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Canberra (POLO-Canberra) is now accepting employment documents for verification through the direct/ name hire mode pursuant to the Memorandum Circular No. 09, series of 2018 issued by Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) effective May 28, 2018 on the following conditions:

No employer shall directly hire an overseas Filipino workers for overseas employment. The following however are exempted from the ban:

  1. Members of the diplomatic corps
  2. International organizations
  3. Heads of State and government officials with the rank of at least deputy minister
  4. Other employers as may be allowed by the Administration such as:
    • Those provided in a,b and c above who bear a lesser rank, if endorsed by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO), or Head of Mission in the absence of the POLO
    • Professionals and skilled workers with duly executed verified/ authenticated contracts containing terms and conditions over and above the standards set by the POEA. The number of the professionals and skilled OFWs hired for the first time by the employer shall not exceed five (5). For the purpose of determining the number, workers hired as a group shall be counted as one or
    • Workers hired by the relative/ family member who is a permanent resident of the host country, except domestic workers (live-in caregiver/ care worker or household service workers)

For queries, please call POLO-Canberra at (02) 6273 8882 or email

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