The new Skilling Australians Fund levy for the 482 visa is calculated based on a set fee of $1,800.00 or $1,200.00 per nominated employer per annum depending on the size of the business (based on an annual turnover of greater or less than $10m per annum).
The cost of sponsor training contributions to the Skilling Australians Fund – borne by employers nominating workers under the temporary and permanent employer-sponsored migration programs – applies as follows:
The SAF levy is payable upfront on lodgement of the Nomination Application and will only be refunded in very limited circumstances.
The Skilling Australia Fund legislation introduces a targeted and more equitable approach to sponsorship training contributions. Businesses that employ large numbers of temporary overseas workers are now required to contribute more to training Australians under the new training regime – they are required to pay a nomination contribution fee for each overseas worker they employ. This is in contrast to the previous training contribution regime which required all businesses to demonstrate expenditure of at least 1% of annual payroll on training Australian worker in their business, regardless of the number of overseas workers employed. Accordingly, the new contribution approach of a fee per overseas employee is significantly more advantageous to businesses that have a low volume or one-off need for a highly-skilled temporary overseas worker.