From 12 August 2018, the training obligations (training benchmarks A and B) under the new 482 visa, the existing ENS (186 visa) and RSMS (187 visa) processes were replaced with payments required into a skilling Australians fund, known as the SAF levy. The SAF levy is managed by the Department of Education and Training with the intended purpose of contributing to the skills development of Australians.
The SAF levy is paid when a nomination application is submitted as follows:
|Business Size||TSS Visa||ENS/RSMS Visa|
|Small (annual turnover less than $10 million)||AUD$1,200 per year||AUD$3,000 one-off|
|Other business (annual turnover of $10 million or more)||
AUD$1,800 per year
For example, if submitting a TSS Visa, as a small size business, AUD$1,200 is payable at the nomination lodgement stage if nominating 1 year, AUD$2,400 if nominating 2 years and so on. If not a small business, AUD$1,800 is payable at the nomination lodgement stage if nominating 1 year, AUD$3,600 if nominating 2 years and so on.
The SAF levy is payable even if the applicant is changing employer or occupation only.
Despite the previous training obligations being replaced, existing standard business sponsors must still demonstrate that they met the training obligations before 12 August 2018 during their period as a standard business sponsor to meet ENS and RSMS nomination criteria i.e. the SAF levy AND the training obligations for any applicable period will apply.
No. Sponsors are obligated to cover the costs of the SAF levy and cannot in any way recover the cost from their overseas skilled worker.
Refunds of the SAF levy is only available in any of the following scenarios:
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