As detailed in previous bulletins, the SAF is a training levy payable by employers sponsoring both temporary and permanent visas. It is intended to fund training of Australian apprenticeships and trainee programs. Religious organizations covered by a Labor Agreement are exempt from this fee.
will be as follows:
Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) (482) Nomination
- Small Business A$1200 per year
- Large Business (turnover A$10million or over) A$1800 per year
Employer Nomination Scheme visa
- Small Business A$3000
- Large Business A$5000
Refund provisions will be available as follows:
- If the visa is approved but the employee does not start work with the sponsoring employer.
- If the employer's sponsorship is approved but the employee's visa application is refused due to health or character reasons.
- If an employee was granted a TSS (482) visa for more than twelve (12) months and ended their employment with within the first twelve (12) months of sponsorship.
Once the SAF is in effect it will replace the current training benchmarks for employers, which required demonstration of sufficient expenditure on training taken as the equivalent of a percentage of the business’s payroll.
Further changes were also announced for Labour Market Testing, which was only recently expanded in March. These additional changes are included in the same bill
but not yet in effect:
- Testing will need to be conducted no more than four (4) months prior to submission of a nomination application.
- Advertising must run for four (4) weeks, rather than twenty-one (21) calendar days. Exemptions under International Trade Obligations still apply.
The SAF will be be reviewed in eighteen (18) months’ time.