Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) Overview 

The TSS Visa (Temporary Skill Shortage) Subclass 482 has replaced the Subclass 457 Visa. The TSS visa program assists Australian businesses who experience genuine skill shortages and cannot find Australian workers to fill vacant positions.

The Subclass 482 Visa (TSS) has 3 different streams:

  • Short-Term Stream – up to two years
  • Medium-Term Stream – up to four years
  • Labour Agreement Stream

TSS visa holders can:

482 Visa General Eligibility

You might be eligible to apply for the TSS Visa if you have an Australian employer who is willing to sponsor you and meet the following requirements:

OCCUPATION
TSS Visa applicants must be qualified or have sufficient experience in an occupation listed on the relevant skilled occupation list. There are three lists relevant to the 482 Visa.

  • Short-Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL)
  • Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
  • Regional Occupation List (ROL)

SPONSOR
You must be nominated by a Standard Business Sponsor or a business that has applied for a Standard Business Sponsorship. Your employer must also lodge a nomination application.

EXPERIENCE
Applicants must have at least 2 years of work experience in the nominated occupation or another relevant role.

Applicants must gain this experience within the previous 5 years before applying. Part-time work may be considered. Casual work will not be considered.

Depending on the nominated occupation and the applicant’s country of origin, a skill assessment may be required before applying for the TSS visa. Some assessing authorities require more than 2 years of experience to complete the assessment.

SKILL ASSESSMENT
Some primary TSS visa applicants must undergo a mandatory skills assessment to be eligible to apply for this visa. Find out if you need to complete a skill assessment here

AGE
There is no age limit for the TSS (Subclass 482) Visa

HEALTH INSURANCE
482  Temporary Visa holders must maintain adequate health insurance while in Australia.

You can apply for health insurance online here.

Some countries have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia. Applicants from these countries may not need health insurance. Find out more here.

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If you don’t have an employer who is willing to sponsor you, we might. See our employer-sponsored job vacancies.

 482 Visa (TSS) Short-term Stream

The short-term TSS (Subclass 482) Visa stream allows applicants to stay for up to 2 years or up to 4 if an International Trade Obligation (ITO) applies.

General

  • Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years of work experience in the relevant field
  • Occupation must be listed on the Short-Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL)
  • Applicants must meet genuine temporary entrant requirement
  • This visa does not provide a transitional pathway to Permanent Residency
  • Immediate family members may be included, with the support of the employer

English

The primary applicant for the TSS Visa must meet the minimum English requirement.

You will need to take an English test unless one of the following applies:

  • you are a passport holder from Canada, Ireland, UK, USA or NZ
  • you have completed at least 5 years of full-time study in at least a secondary level institution and where the medium of instruction was English.

If you need to take an English test, you can take one of the below tests:

TestRequired results
IELTSOverall band score of at least 5.0 with a score of at least 4.5 in each of the test components.
OETScore of at least ‘B’ in each of the four components
TOEFL iBTiBT total score of at least 35 with a score of at least 3 for each of the test components of listening and reading, and a score of at least 12 for each of the test components of speaking and writing
PTE AcademicAcademic overall test score of at least 36 with a score of at least 30 in each of the test components
CambridgeOverall test score of at least 154 with a score of at least 147 in each of the test components.

Do you need to increase your English score before you can apply? Click here for details about short English courses for the PTE test.

Stay Period
Short-Term TSS Visa holder can stay in Australia for:

  • 2 years in most cases
  • 4 years if an ITO applies but the maximum length will depend on the actual ITO relevant to your circumstances
  • 5 years if you are a Hong Kong passport holder

Extending your stay
If your Short-term 482 (TSS) visa is expiring soon and you would like to continue working for your employer, you may be eligible to renew your visa for another 2 years.

If you are already on your second 482 Temporary Skill Shortage Visa, you cannot renew. Generally, if your occupation is listed on the STSOL, you will have limited permanent visa options, however, you may find a pathway to permanent residency through one of the below subclasses:

MEDIUM / LONG TERM STREAM

The medium-term TSS (Subclass 482) Visa stream allows applicants to stay for up to 4 years, with the option to apply for another TSS Visa or Permanent Residency.

General

  • Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years work experience in the relevant field
  • Occupation must be on Medium Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) (For non-regional applications)
  • Applicants don’t need to meet genuine temporary entrant requirement
  • Applicants have a transitional pathway to Permanent Residency after 3 years
  • Immediate family members may be included, with the support of the employer

English

The primary applicant for the TSS Visa must meet the minimum English requirement.

You will need to take an English test unless one of the following applies:

  • you are a passport holder from Canada, Ireland, UK, USA or NZ
  • you have completed at least 5 years of full-time study in at least a secondary level institution and where the medium of instruction was English.

If you need to take an English test, you can take one of the below tests:

TestRequired results
IELTSOverall band score of at least 5.0 with a score of at least 5 in each of the test components.
OETScore of at least ‘B’ in each of the four components
TOEFL iBTiBT total score of at least 35 with a score of at least 4 for each of the test components of listening and reading, and a score of at least 14 for each of the test components of speaking and writing
PTE AcademicAcademic overall test score of at least 36 with a score of at least 36 in each of the test components
CambridgeOverall test score of at least 154 with a score of at least 154 in each of the test components.

Do you need to increase your English score before you can apply? Click here for details about short English courses for IELTS and PTE.

Stay Period
Medium-term TSS Visa holder can stay in Australia for up to 4 years

Extending your stay
If your Medium-term 482 (TSS) visa is expiring soon and you would like to continue working for your employer:

  • your employer will need to submit a new nomination
  • you can apply for a new 482 TSS visa

You may also be eligible to apply for one of the below permanent visas if your occupation is listed on the Medium Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL):

TSS Visa holders under the medium-term stream may also be eligible to apply for a 186 Visa or 187 Visa through the Temporary Residence Transition Stream

LABOUR AGREEMENT STREAM
The Labour Agreement TSS Visa stream allows applicants to stay for up to 4 years, which may have the option to apply for another TSS Visa or Permanent Residency. This TSS stream may be utilised in exceptional circumstances where a business can demonstrate a need that cannot be met by Australian workers and standard visa programs are not available. These agreements are negotiated between an employer and the Department to enable an employer to recruit overseas workers that may have a:

  • Specified age
  • Specified Occupation
  • Skill level
  • English language
  • Salary

General

  • Applicants may have a transitional pathway to Permanent Residency, depending on their employer’s labour agreement terms.
  • Immediate family members may be included, with the support of the employer

English
Applicants must meet the English level specified in their employer’s labour agreement

Stay Period
Labour Agreement TSS Visa holders can stay in Australia for up to 4 years

Extending your stay
If your Labour Agreement 482 (TSS) visa is expiring soon and you would like to continue working for your employer:

• your employer will need to submit a new nomination
• you can apply for a new 482 TSS visa
• You may also be eligible to apply for one of the below permanent visas, depending on the terms of your employer’s Labour Agreement (The employer will need to hold a valid labour agreement when offering permanent sponsorship):

You can include your family

Subclass 482 (TSS) Visa applicants can add family members to their application before lodgement or after approval. To be eligible to include family members, applicants must meet the below criteria:

  • your employer agrees to extend sponsorship
  • your family members meet the eligibility criteria

TSS visa holders and applicants may be able to include the below family members to their application as secondary applicants

  • partner
  • dependent child
  • partner’s dependent child

Family members must meet the health and character requirements.

TSS Visa secondary applicants can enter and remain in Australia for the duration of the main applicant’s TSS Visa (Subclass 482).

Secondary applicants can live, work and study while residing in Australia.

Family members can be included at the time of 482 visa application or after the visa has been approved.

More about adding family members to your TSS Subclass 482 visa

About Employer Sponsorships

Employers must become a Standard Business Sponsor or have a labour agreement with the department, in order to sponsor overseas workers on a TSS Visa (Subclass 482).

OPERATIONS
To become an approved sponsor, the business must be legally established in Australia and currently operating. The business can be in or outside Australia.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Employers must also pass a non-discriminatory workforce test, to ensure they aren’t discriminating against Australian workers at the nomination stage and have a demonstrated a strong commitment employing local labour.

TSS NOMINATION
An approved Business Sponsor can nominate a position within their business to be filled by an overseas skilled worker. There are strict criteria which must be met in order to receive a successful Nomination outcome.

EMPLOYEE SALARY
TSS Visa holders must earn a minimum annual salary equal to or above the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) which is currently $53,900 plus Superannuation. The salary must also be within the market rate for that occupation.

LABOUR MARKET TESTING (LMT)
The business must demonstrate that they have tested the labour market by advertising locally for the nominated position.

TRAINING LEVY
The new Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) levy has been introduced with the TSS Visa. The SAF levy is payable in full at nomination stage and has made hiring overseas workers considerably more expensive.

The payable levy is determined by the turnover of the nominating business:

Small Businesses (Turnover less than $10 million) will pay $1,200 per year, per nominated TSS Visa holder
Other Businesses (Turnover more than $10 million) will pay $1,800 per year, per nominated TSS Visa holder
For example, a business with a turn over $10M nominates an applicant for a four year TSS Visa would pay $7,200 upfront at the nomination stage.

What is the Training Levy (SAF)?
The Department states that the SAF levy provides a tangible demonstration of how the TSS visa supports training opportunities for Australians. The business does not receive any training by paying the SAF.

Can the employee pay the SAF?
No – Under no circumstances can the sponsored employee pay for SAF levy

Are there any exemptions to the SAF?
No – Unfortunately, the business must pay the SAF to sponsor any TSS workers

Job Opportunities

The 482 Temporary Skill Shortage Visa enables Australian businesses to address skilled labour shortages across many industries. Apply for one of our job vacancies today 

Are you eligible?

Take our online eligibility assessment to find out if you meet the requirements for the 482 Visa

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482 Visa Document Checklist

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  • Eligibility Checklist
  • Document Checklist
  • Access to free PTE preparation materials
  • Health Examination and Skill Assessment requirements

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