04/MAR/2019

Quick guide to the Skilling Australians Fund and the nomination training contribution charge


For nomination applications lodged on or after 12 August 2018, employers sponsoring workers on certain visas are required to pay a ‘nomination training contribution’ (NTC) towards the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF).

These visas include:

  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) (subclass 186) visa
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) (subclass 187) visa


How much do employers have to pay?

The amount payable is specified in the Migration (Skilling Australians Fund) Charges Regulations 2018 and depends on:

  • the annual turnover of the sponsoring business; and
  • the proposed period of stay in Australia.


For businesses with turnover of less than $10 million per year:

Visa typeVisa periodAmount payable (A$)

TSS visa with occupation on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)

1 year

$1,200

TSS visa with occupation on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)

2 years

$2,400

TSS visa with occupation on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

3 years

$3,600

TSS visa with occupation on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

4 years

$4,800

ENS or RSMS visa with occupation on the Medium and Long term Strategic Skills list (MLTSSL) or Regional Occupation List (ROL)

Permanent

$3,000


For businesses with turnover of $10 million or more per year:

Visa typeVisa periodAmount payable (A$)

TSS visa with occupation on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)

1 year

$1,800

TSS visa with occupation on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)

2 years

$3,600

TSS visa with occupation on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

3 years

$5,400

TSS visa with occupation on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

4 years

$7,200

ENS or RSMS visa with occupation on the Medium and Long term Strategic Skills list (MLTSSL) or Regional Occupation List (ROL)

Permanent

$5,000


When is the payment due?

Employers should note that the NTC must be paid in full at the time of lodging a nomination application (ie. it is a ‘time of application’ requirement). This has caused issues, particularly for employers whose nominations end up being refused at a later date.


Can employers be refunded?

Refunds of the training contribution charge may be made under certain situations.

Reason

The nomination fee may be refunded where…

Incorrect SAF levy payment

the nomination is withdrawn because the information in the nomination used to work out the nomination training contribution charge was incorrect.

Sponsorship application withdrawn or refused

the nomination is withdrawn because the person has withdrawn their application to be approved as a standard business sponsor or their sponsorship application is refused.

Visa application is refused on certain grounds

the related TSS visa application is refused under s501, s501A or s501B of the Act or because the visa applicant did not satisfy public interest criterion 4001, 4002, 4003, 4007 or 4020 (ie. health or character grounds).

Failure to commence employment

a TSS visa is granted on the basis of the nomination and the visa holder fails to commence employment in the position associated with the nominated occupation.

Labour agreement not entered into

the person withdraws the nomination, as their requested labour agreement is not entered into.

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