On the 18th April 2017 it was announced by the Australian Government that the Temporary
Work (457 Skilled Visa, employer sponsored) will be abolished and replaced by a new,
more targeted TSS (Temporary Skill Shortage) visa.
The new TSS visa program will have greater emphasis on addressing genuine skill shortages
in the Australian work place and safeguarding Australian workers. There is still
opportunity for employers and workers to work in Australia, who meet the new criteria.
These significant changes help highlight how quickly things can change in migration
and to grab chances whilst you have them. Mate Migration can help you through the
process to help you maximise your chances of visa success in this more restrictive
The list of eligible skilled occupations for use under Australia’s permanent and
temporary skilled visa programmes, The Skilled Occupation List (SOL), has been replaced
by the new Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). Short-term Skilled
Occupation List (STSOL) has replaced the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL).
Over 200 occupations were removed entirely from the list on the 19th April 2017 including
a number from the Arts, Police, Life Sciences areas. Contact us to see if you can
Some of the key changes are listed below
Applicants must be under 45 at the time of application
Tighter English Language requirements
Applicants to have at least 3 years work experience
Employers must pay the Australian Market salary rate and meet the Temporary Skilled
Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) currently AUD 53900
Permanent residency eligibility period will be extended from 2 to 3 years.
Mandatory labour market testing
Changes come into effect from 19th April 2017 and will be completed in March 2018
Contact us for further details and how Australia can still work for your business