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The New Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) Levy


Written By Thanushki Kankanange | Mon, Aug 27, 2018 Thanushki Kankanange

On 12 August 2018, the Department of Home Affairs implemented the new SAF levy. This levy will contribute to the Skilling Australians Fund operated by the Department of Education and Training, with the aim to grow apprenticeships and trainee programs to support Australian jobs and growth.

The levy applies to nominations under the following visa subclasses:

  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa

In practice, each nomination attracts a Nomination Training Contribution (NTC) charge, payable at the time the nomination is lodged.

Nomination Training Contribution Charges for Each Nomination

For a business with an Annual Turnover of less than $10 million:

Visa and Occupation type

Visa period

NTC charge

TSS, occupation on the Short Term Skilled occupation List (STSOL)

2 years

$2,400

TSS, occupation on the Medium to Long term list (MLTSSL)

4 years

$4,800

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

Permanent

$3,000


For a business with an Annual Turnover of more than $10 million:

Visa and Occupation type

Visa period 

NTC charge

TSS, occupation on the Short Term Skilled occupation List (STSOL)

2 years

$3,600

TSS, occupation on the Medium to Long term list (MLTSSL)

4 years

$7,200

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

Permanent

$5,000

 

Credit Card Surcharges apply to these fees:

  • American Express — 1.40%
  • Diners Club International — 1.99%
  • JCB — 1.40%
  • Mastercard* — 1.32%
  • PayPal — 1.00%
  • Union Pay — 1.90%
  • Visa* — 1.32%

* The surcharge will also apply to Debit Visa cards and Debit Mastercards when making payments.

Refund Provisions for the SAF levy

Refunds of the Nomination Training Contribution (NTC) charge may be available in the following circumstances:

Reason for Refund

The NTC may be refunded where..

Incorrect SAF levy payment

the Nomination is withdrawn due to NTC charge being calculated incorrectly from nomination information

Sponsorship application withdrawn

the nomination is withdrawn because

the associated Sponsorship application has been withdrawn or refused

Nomination not entered into Labour Agreement

the nomination is withdrawn because the requested Labour agreement is not entered into

Visa application being refused on certain grounds

The related visa application is refused under s501, 501A or s501B of the Migration Act or because the visa application was refused on grounds of public interest criterion 4001, 4002, 4003, 4007 or 4020 (health and character grounds)

Failure to commence employment

The nomination and visa is granted, but the visa holder fails to commence employment in the nominated position


In order to access these provisions, a written request must be submitted by the person who paid the NTC charge. Fees may also be refunded where the Department of Home Affairs considers it is reasonable without requiring a written request.

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