Visa Rule Changes – Information for Employers

The Australian government has made significant changes in the 2017-2018 budget, which will directly affect companies in Australia who sponsor foreign workers. Introduction of the Skilling Australians Fund Levy From March 2018, employers sponsoring foreign workers on certain skilled visas will be required to pay a Skilling Australians Fund Levy which will replace the current Training Benchmark arrangements. At this point, the government has said that this levy will apply to the new Temporary Skilled Shortage visa (TSS) , the…

457 Visa Changes and the Temporary Residence Transition Stream (TRT)

The changes to the 457 visa program introduced on the 19th of April this year will affect you differently depending on whether you already have a 457 visa and whether you want to apply for permanent residence via the Temporary Residence Transition stream or not. The changes revolve around two lists, the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). These lists replace the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) and Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List…