457 Business visa abolished and replaced

For EAs working in multinational organisations, organising re-locaton of overseas employees to Australia, the job just got a little more complex

On the 18th April The Government announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) is to be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018.

The TSS visa programme will be comprised of a Short-Term stream of up to two years and a Medium-Term stream of up to four years and will support businesses in addressing genuine skill shortages in their workforce and will contain a number of safeguards which prioritise Australian workers.

Not much different you may think, but the idea is to clamp down on alleged abuse of incoming workers, from unscrupulous employers. The main reforms include a minimum salary rate that ensures Australian workers are not undercut and to ensure the skills attracted are more closely aligned to Australia’s labour needs. Further information will be published in due course and to check current available information, go to  https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/457-abolition-replacement