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Training Benchmarks - Skilling Australians Fund Levy


Written By Lauren Slack | Thu, May 11, 2017 Lauren Slack

A major Budget announcement was the creation of a national training fund with a particular focus on apprenticeships and traineeships:

"Until now, employers have had to contribute 1 or 2 per cent of their payroll to training if they employ foreign workers. . . . [W]e are replacing these requirements with an annual foreign worker levy . . . that will contribute directly to a new Commonwealth-State Skilling Australians Fund."

The levy will replace the current training benchmarks for employers sponsoring workers on 457, ENS and RSMS visas from March 2018. 

Businesses with turnover of less than $10 million per year will be required to make:

  • an upfront annual payment for each employee on a TSS visa of $1,200
  • a one-off payment for each employee being sponsored for a permanent ENS or RSMS visa of $3,000

 

Businesses with turnover of $10 million or more per year will be required to make:

  • an upfront annual payment for each employee on a TSS visa of $1,800
  • a one-off payment for each employee being sponsored for a permanent ENS or RSMS visa of $5,000.

 

In relation to the levy;

The Budget announcement mentions it will apply to TSS visas.  457 visas are not mentioned.  Clarification is expected from the Government as to whether the levy will apply to existing 457 visa holders

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