The new ‘Skilling Australians Fund Charges’ Bill was passed by the Senate on 8 May 2018.

Under Section 140ZM of the Migration Act, Companies seeking to sponsor workers in skilled nominated positions for a TSS (subclass 482) visa, will have to pay a “Nomination Training Contribution Charge” in relation to the Nominee.

This will replace the current ‘Training Benchmark Requirement’.

The Sponsor of a Temporary Skilled worker will be obliged to pay either $1200 or $1800 each year the worked is employed, depending on the turnover of the company.

The Sponsor of a Permanent Skilled worker will be obliged to pay a one-off contribution, either $3,000 or $5,000 depending on the turnover of the company.

The good news is – Sponsors will be able to apply the Department for refunds due to some specific circumstances:

  • The nominated employee leaves the prescribed employment before the end of the visa period;
  • The visa holder does not ever start work with the prescribed employment;
  • The visa application is refused on character grounds.

This legislation expects to be implemented formally by the Migration Regulations within two weeks of the Bill being passed.

Follow the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) website to confirm the anticipated new regulations.