Costs and Fees
June 16, 2017
Current Training Benchmarks imposed on employers sponsoring workers for subclass 457 and subclass 186/187 visas will soon be replaced with a levy.
“Training Benchmarks” are requirements that employers must satisfy to become an approved sponsor.
Currently, businesses can satisfy this requirement by demonstrating:
Recent expenditure by the business of at least 2% of the annual payroll of the business is paid in to an industry training fund; or
Recent expenditure by the business of at least 1% of the annual payroll of the business paid for the provision of training Australian employees of the business.
From March 2018, businesses will instead pay a levy into the ‘Skilling Australians Fund Levy’.
For each employee on a Temporary Skill Shortage visa (which is the visa replacing the subclass 457):
businesses with a turnover less than $10 million per year will pay $1200 per year.
businesses with a turnover more than $10 million per year will pay $1800 per year.
For periods of less than a year, the full levy will be charged.
For each employee being sponsored via the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186 visa) or the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187 visa):
businesses with a turnover less than $10 million will make a one-off payment of $3000.
businesses with a turnover more than $10 million will make a one-off payment of $5000.
Source: Migration Institute of Australia & DIBP.
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