Employer Sponsorship TSS Visas For Australia

Tss visas Australian Immigrtion


In 2017 Australia abolished the 457 visa which was introduced in 1996 to assist Australian employers to bring overseas skills into Australia. The reason given was a simple one. Australia wants to keep Australian jobs for Australian workers. 

There will be a new Temporary Shortage Skills visa class or TSS VISAS employer-sponsored emigration routes.  The problem is that these visas will more often than not NEVER lead to permanent residence and if you do go to Australia on the new temporary TSS Visa you will have to pay a contribution for your children's education, you will be limited in the property you can purchase and if you do buy a home there will be a 15% additional stamp duty to pay. This often means people will be forced to live in rented accommodation for the duration of the visa.

We are often asked if we help with the employer sponsorship visas. However, many people are often unaware of the hidden cost of these visas and are surprised when we tell them, so I thought I would add this link which highlights the hidden costs and dangers of employer sponsorship visas.

Click here to read about the hidden costs and risks of employer sponsorship visas

In short, Australia is doing everything possible to discourage employers from sponsoring overseas skilled workers and have removed many of the reasons a person would want to accept employers offer of sponsorship. We suggest you look at securing your own skilled visa and avoid the TSS visa.

Complete our assessment and discover your eligibility to secure another visa that may be a better option. Our experts are also on hand to help.

The Australian Prime Minister Announces TSS Visas

TSS Visas Explained

The length of visa – 2 years or 4 years – will depend on the occupation of work. The government charges for a single applicant will be:

  • AUD $1,150 for the 2-year visa
  • AUD $2,400 for the 4-year visa

Sponsoring Business Requirements

Market rates - to pay an Australian market salary rate:

  • Remuneration at or above $53,900 plus superannuation; and
  • Remuneration and other terms and conditions no less favourable than that offered to an equivalent Australian employee.

Labour Market Testing – explore local recruitment options in a non-discriminatory manner before sponsoring

Training - to contribute to a national skills training fund

  • AUD $1,200 for businesses with turnover < AUD $10m
  • AUD $1,800 for businesses with turnover >AUD $10m

Visa Applicant Requirements

Skills/Experience - appropriate skills/qualifications and at least two years’ work experience in their occupation

English - demonstrate language ability equivalent to a minimum IELTS 5 in each test component

Health and character - meet standard requirements (including police checks)

Longer-term options

holders of 2-year visas - may have the option to apply for a second visa subject to a continuing offer of employment. 

holders of 4-year visas - may have the option to apply for permanent residency after three years employment subject to support from their visa sponsor. 

Employers Licence To Hire Overseas Skills

Establishing A training Fund

Before an employer is allowed to apply for a TSS visa to bring staff into Australia they must evidence that they have the necessary structure to not only support the overseas national but also that they are committed to training local residents to reduce their dependence on overseas skills. This requires them to commit 1% of their turnover to a training programme.

Equal Pay, Conditions & Contracts

An employer must be able to evidence the overseas worker will receive equal pay, comparable to fellow employees in the company and also in line with the local average salaries for that role. The company will need to evidence they have a safe working environment and the necessary insurances in place, in the case of an accident so the overseas employee does not become a burden on the public purse.

Financial Liabilities

Aside from the cost of securing the licence, paying 1% of turnover to train local residents and other costs associated with meeting the needs of the Immigration rules. An employer will be liable to pay for an employees flight out of Australia if the role comes to an end for whatever reason. The cost of a flight home for UK national will be a big liability for any employer to carry. Especially, if they have not worked with the candidate previously. Which means in only a few weeks of the job starting the employer or employee decide it is not right to continue employment the employer is liable to pay for flights.

An ex-employee MUST leave Australia within 90 days of the job being terminated.

To add even further financial liabilities, if an employee decides NOT to leave Australia when the job ends the employer may be subject to a $50,000 cost. This is the cost associated with the immigration authorities find, detain and deport the ex-employee.  These not insignificant numbers and as an employer, you need to be certain you are hiring the right candidate with the correct skills.

Labour Market Impact Assessment

To evidence the role cannot be filled by a local resident the role must be advertised in most cases. In addition to this, to confirm the overseas candidate has the skills required in the advert their skills must have been assessed by the Authorities to confirm they are suitable for the role. Without the correct skills assessment, licence, etc... overseas workers are not allowed to work in Australia as a sponsored employee.

Points To Note As An Employee

As the TSS Visas will be issued to the employer and the process is both expensive and carries exposure to risk it makes finding other work while in Australia often difficult. If your TSS visa is cancelled by your employer you will have only 90 days to leave Australia. Often UK families are forced to return to the UK as the job does not work out as expected, making the dream something of a nightmare!

While you are on a TSS visa you are classed as a temporary resident which means you will not have access to Medicare and will require medical insurance, you may have to make a contribution to your children's education,often this can be several thousand dollars per year. You may be required to pay an excess on stamp duty if you wish to purchase a home.

The dream of a 457 visa is not always what you would hope for. An employee must be certain they have selected the right employer as many employers will find ways to "Maximise" their investment in the visa and expect the overseas worker to do the jobs no one else is willing to do. As the employee is bound by the draconian terms of the sponsored visa they begin to feel exploited or are exploited. You can go to local employment tribunals if you wish to enter into conflict with your sponsor,however,as you will need to leave Australia within 90 days very little will be resolved before you must go.

We work with many employers across Australia,but we never recommend a sponsored visa for any client who can secure an independent skilled visa. There may be a small initial additional cost of visa and government fees but the savings on arrival in Australia far outweigh any upfront investment. Employers also prefer candidates who have solved the issue of securing a visa and are able to work freely in Australia. The holder of an independent skilled migrant visa is also free to change employers and not subject to suffocating restrictions,along with having access to education and Medicare from day one. If you are serious about living and working in Australia we suggest you invest a little in securing an independent skilled visa if you can,it may be the best investment you will ever make.

The TSS In Summary

With this visa you can: 

  • Enter live and work in Australia for up to a period of 4 years
  • Include your family in the visa application
  • Unrestricted permission to travel in and out of country 
  • Prerequisites for applying for subclass TSS visa 

You must be:

  • Nominated to be employed in a listed profession
  • Have necessary qualifications,training,experience and track record to suffice for the position
  • Have minimum requisite English ability for the job offered
  • Be qualified for any endorsements or registrations needed for listed trade 
  • Have required health cover

The history of skilled workers who emigrated to Australia

Until the late 1700s,the only human inhabitants of Australia were the aboriginal people,estimated to number 800,0 to 1 million people. The aborigines are considered to be the original owners of Australia,having arrived around 50,0 years ago. They lived in every corner of Australia and mastered survival in the harshest of environments. Before European settlement they were semi-nomadic hunters and gatherers,moving with the seasons to where the food was. They did not live in towns or grow crops. There is evidence of the aboriginal people of northern Australia trading with Indonesian fisherman as early as 500 years ago.

Immigration from the UK

The arrival of the First Fleet in 1788,began the English settlement of Australia. The English established the country as a penal colony and transported over 160,0 convicts in the first 80 years of settlement. The first prison was at Botany Bay in Sydney,but the largest was built at Port Arthur in Tasmania. Most of the convicts were British or Irish.

After release,convicts were given a plot of land to farm. Many of Australia's most successful and well-known early settlers arrived in convict chains.

Attitudes towards Australia's convict past have changed dramatically in recent years. To have a convict heritage was once an embarrassment,whereas now it is a source of pride for many. Some say that the Australian values of 'mateship' and egalitarianism (treating everyone as equals) were established by the convicts as they struggled to survive extremely harsh conditions.

Although the English were the first European settlers in Australia,Dutch and Portuguese explorers were the first Europeans to discover Australia,in the early 1600s. The Portuguese mapped much of the island and named it Terra Australis,or Great Southern Land.

The gold rush

Australian experienced a brief period of Chinese migration during the 1852-1889 gold rush in Victoria. Around 40,0 people left China for Australia. Unfortunately,the Chinese workers were subjected to racial prejudice,which led to riots,mainly because they worked harder and found more gold than the locals. Eventually,over 36,0 returned to China.

The Irish potato famine

Large numbers of Irish people migrated to Australia in the 1840s to flee the potato famine,which took almost a million lives. From 1841 to 1850,over 30,0 Irish landed in Australia through a migration assistance scheme.

The Cameleers

In the latter half of the 1800s,as commercial opportunities in central Australia increased,the harsh environment began to slow progress. Projects such as the Overland Telegraph and railways running across the country,north-south and east-west,required reliable deliveries of materials and supplies.

However,horses and donkeys were not well suited to travelling in the dry,hot and sandy conditions of inner Australia. It was decided that camels would be better suited to the task. Between 1870 and 1900 over 2,0 cameleers and 15,0 camels arrived from countries such as India,Egypt,Iran,Turkey and Afghanistan. The men and camels contributed so much to open up the interior of Australia that they became affectionately known as 'the Ships of the Desert.'

White Australia Policy

One of the darkest chapters in the history of Australian immigration was the period of the White Australia Policy,from 1901 to 1966. When the Australian parliament was formed in 1901,restriction of non-European migration became a campaign issue in the country's first election. Many Australians feared that they would lose their jobs if too many migrants were allowed in. This attitude began during the gold rush in the mid to late 1800s. Such concerns led to the introduction of the Immigration Restriction Act 1901, which prevented migration to non-Europeans.

However, the British Government (which had much more influence over Australia at that time) was concerned that the Act would offend non-white people in its Asian and African colonies. The Act was then re-written to remove any official restriction to non-Europeans and a language test for migrants was introduced. This test was so difficult for non-Europeans to pass that it served the same purpose as an official restriction anyway.

The end of the White Australia policy began with the intake of refugees following World War II, and finally the signing of the 1966 Migration Act which allowed for an increase in non-European migrants.

The White Australia Policy is a source of embarrassment to most Australians today and is certainly very different to the current migration policies.

Post-WWII migration

It wasn't until the end of World War II that Australia became a truly multicultural society. There was a concern that,with such a small population,Australia might not be able to defend herself in another war. The government's migration slogan became "populate or perish."

The first initiative to grow the population, launched in 1945, was the offer of 10-pound fares to anyone in Britain who wanted to emigrate. Over the next 30 years, more than a million '10 Pound Poms' arrived in Australia.

In 1946, Australia agreed to cover the cost of migration for any British and Polish ex-servicemen and their immediate families.  Similar agreements were later signed with America, France, Denmark, Norway, and Belgium.

Peace treaties were signed with Italy, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria in 1948. Migration from these countries, particularly Italy, increased shortly after.

In the early 1950s, Australia signed a number of Assisted Migration Agreements. As a result, it took in large numbers of people from Greece, The Netherlands, West Germany, Malta, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, Spain, Austria, Russia, and Czechoslovakia.

Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme

The Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme is the largest engineering project in Australian history. It was started in 1949 with the aim of increasing the electricity supply to the country's rapidly growing population,but also as a way to stimulate the economy after World War II. Over 70,0 migrants from 30 countries worked on the project. Most came to Australia on assisted-migration schemes.

Vietnamese migration in 1975

After the communist North Vietnamese won the Vietnam War,many South Vietnamese who sided with the US and Australia were in danger. In 1975,Australia agreed to take in 137,0 Vietnamese refugees. Over the next 15 years,just over 120,0 arrived. The Vietnamese population is now one of the largest migrant groups in Australia.

TSS Visas
Australia Tss visas

Name:Employer sponsorship

Description:These visas only lead to permanent residency for selected occupations and come with a number of draconian conditions which means we can not endorse them as a way to emigrate. If you are looking for employer sponsorship we urge you to think again.

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