Replacing 457 VISAS with a NEW VISA - with 2 streams
TEMPORARY SKILL SHORTAGE (TSS) VISA, which will begin in March 2018.




The TSS visa will contain two (2) visa streams with the following summarized criteria:
Option 1 - Short-Term visa stream (up to 2-years in duration) 

  • Renewal: Capacity for visa renewal onshore once only
  • Occupations:                                                                                                                                                                            
  • For non-regional Australia, the occupation must be on the STSOL (Schedule 2).                                                                                
  • For regional Australia, the STSOL will apply, with additional occupations available to support regional employers
  • English language requirements: A requirement of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (or equivalent test) score of 5, with a minimum of 4.5 in each test component.
  • Genuine entry: A genuine temporary entrant requirement


Option 2 - Medium-Term visa stream (up to 4-years in duration).  

  • Renewal: Capacity for visa renewal onshore and a permanent residence pathway after three years.
  • Occupation lists:                                                                                                                                                                    
  • For non-regional Australia - the occupation must be on the MLTSSL (Schedule 1).                                                                        -
  • For regional Australia - the MLTSSL will apply, with additional occupations available to support regional employers

English language requirements: a requirement of a minimum of IELTS 5 (or equivalent test) in each test component.

Both visa streams will have new key requirements, which generally include:

  • New and more targeted occupation lists which better align with skill needs in the Australian labour market
  • at least two years’ work experience in their skilled occupation required by applicants
  • a minimum market salary rate
  • mandatory labour market testing, unless an international obligation applies
  • a non-discriminatory workforce test to ensure employers are not actively discriminating against Australian workers
  • strengthened requirement for employers to contribute to training Australian workers
  • DIBP will collect Tax File Numbers and data, which will be matched with the Australian Tax Office’s records, and
  • mandatory penal clearance certificates to be provided.
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