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SKILLING AUSTRALIANS FUND (SAF) levy to commence August 12, 2018

The long-heralded imposition of the Skilling Australians Fund levy will become effective August 12, 2018, and payable for employer-sponsored nomination applications for temporary or permanent skilled work visas. SAF will be managed by the Department of Education and Training, to underwrite skills development of Australians.  It replaces the previous requirement of nominating employers to prove [...]


The Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) levy when legislated in the first quarter of Financial Year 2018 / 19 (July through September) will be used to fund training programs and opportunities for Australian workers. Australian employerssponsoring foreign workers on Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visas, Employer Nomination Scheme, or Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) will be required [...]

New Labour Market Testing requirements to come into effect this year

As the Skilling Australia Fund (SAF) Act received Royal Assent on May 22, employers must prepare to fulfill additional Labour Market Testing (LMT) through increased job advertising through eligible channels. This change is set to affect the following visa categories: Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS), Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS – Permanent Residence), and Regional Sponsored Migration [...]

Hooray! 482 Visa Processing Times Drastically Reduced

The Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) has updated processing times for the new TSS visas (replacing the previous 457 work visa). Estimates have 90% of applications for both the short-term stream and the medium-term stream finalized in just 11 to 18 days! It seems the previously lodged 457 visas waiting time of 5 to 9 [...]