Data Matching Program
The Department of Home Affairs will be exchanging data with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to enhance compliance in the temporary skilled employer sponsored visa program.
This data exchange will allow the Department to determine whether:
- All business sponsors are complying with their sponsorship obligations (eg, paying visa holders correctly)
- All temporary skilled visa holders (457 Visa, 482 Visa/TSS Visa) are complying with their visa conditions (eg, to work only for an approved employer, and to work only in the approved occupation).
Businesses and visa holders who are found to be non-compliant may have their business sponsorship or visa cancelled.
The Department will provide the below information to the ATO:
- name, address and date of birth of clients who are, or were in the three most recently completed financial years, holders of Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) or Temporary Skills Shortage (subclass 482) primary visas; and
- details of the business sponsors
The ATO will electronically match this information against their data holdings. The Department estimates that 680,000 records will be shared which represents around 280,000 individuals.