• Improvements to Subclass 457 Program Announced
  • October 23, 2014
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Over the next year, the Australian government plans to make improvements to the subclass 457 visa program, in response to the recommendations of an independent review panel. The government outlined its plans in a recently issued Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda.

    Upcoming Changes to the Subclass 457 Visa Program

    Some of the key changes to the subclass 457 visa program are expected to include:

    • Streamlining sponsorship, nomination and visa applications by rewarding low-risk applicants and refocusing compliance and monitoring activities on high-risk applicants;
    • Easing sponsorship requirements to reduce the time and cost to businesses; and
    • Relaxing English language proficiency and occupational skills evidentiary requirements.

    The government also plans to increase the sponsorship approval period for start-up businesses from 12 to 18 months and retain the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold at the current level, pending a review within the next two years.

    What This Means for Employers

    If the changes are implemented as announced, sponsoring employers should benefit from simplified processing and eased recruiting and assigning requirements.