TSS Visa Training Levy Bonus

A window of opportunity for sponsors of 482 visas

Replacing the now-defunct 457 Temporary Work Visa, the new 482 Temporary Skilled Shortage (TSS) Visa introduces tighter criteria and a series of new challenges for applicants and their approved sponsors.

Skilling Australians Fund Levy (SAF)

With this new visa, introduced on March 18th 2018, sponsorship qualification requirements have been largely unchanged. They do however incorporate provisions for payment of a “Skilling Australians Fund Levy”.

Until recently, this required each employer to pay either 1% of their annual payroll on the training of Australian workers, or 2% of their annual payroll to an approved training fund, but it is now planned for the obligation to become a simple flat levy.

How much will the levy cost?

The amount payable will depend upon the size of the sponsoring company. Smaller businesses, with an annual turnover below $10 million, will be required to pay $1,200.00 per year for each worker employed under the new 482 visa plus a one-off payment of $3,000 for each employee nominated for a permanent visa under RSMS or ENS.

These fees will increase for larger businesses with annual turnovers exceeding $10 million, becoming $1,800.00 and $5,000 respectively.

Where will the money be channelled?

Over four years, the Government expects to raise in excess of $1.2 billion from this levy; money it undertakes will be directed towards the creation of new Australian apprenticeships.

And the window of opportunity?

In creating the new 482 visa, format for the original Training Benchmarks Obligations, was taken out of legislation, to make way for the revised flat fee (SAF) Levy structure. For reasons best known to Government timekeepers however, the new levy was not immediately introduced.

It cannot now be introduced until Senate sits again in the second week of May 2018. Consequently, all sponsorships approved in the interim must be approved without requirement for ongoing payment of the Skilling Australians Fund levy; a bonus worth many thousands of dollars to employers who act swiftly.

At Sellanes Clark, we always have our finger on the pulse. We’ve already received back quite a number of applications, approved without the SAF levy and we get a lot of enjoyment from providing our clients with those very real savings.

Outline of the 482 Visa

For further information concerning the revised guidelines, refer to our blog article, covering the 482 Temporary Skills Shortage Visa, or contact one of the trained professionals at Sellanes Clark.

Don’t delay; the window will soon disappear

In the complex world of immigration law, nothing is simple. It really does pay dividends therefore, to obtain professional assistance; skilled practitioners who are specialised in the field, comprehensively trained to recognise the traps and the trends. It can save so much time and (as indicated clearly in this article) avoid so much unnecessary expense.

For more information on this or on any relating issues, contact the migration experts – Sellanes Clark and Associates – specialising in all immigration matters.


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