Top 10 Important 457 Changes for 2013

If you have a business that sponsors employees under the 457 Visa Program, you should be aware of the significant changes that have come into effect as of 1 July 2013.

The changes to 457 Sponsorship will essentially make the process much more difficult for employers, with increased costs and delays in processing.

Here is a brief overview of the changes:

1.    Increases to Application Fees

Including surcharges for onshore applications and including additional applicants.

2.    English Language Testing

All 457 Visa Holders will now have to have their English Language ability tested.

3.    Caps on Numbers of Sponsored Employees

You will now have to justify how many 457 Employees you require.

4.    Limitations on Recently Established Businesses

Recently established businesses will be approved as sponsors for a shorter period of time.

5.    Skills Assessments Required for More Occupations

Not only Trade Occupations will have to complete skills assessments.

6.    Limitations on Hospitality Occupations

Hospitality is a really popular occupation for 457, so fast food and takeaway places won’t be included.

7.    Training Requirement

You will now have to provide training requirements for every 12 months of sponsorship.

8.    Work Condition 8107

There have been quite a few changes to the Work Condition 8107.

9.    Salary Level Increases

There has been a 5% increase in the minimum salary levels for 457.

10. Other Changes

Read our article here for more details.

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