The Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) came into effect on 12 August 2018. The SAF is now payable by employers who wish to sponsor temporary and permanent overseas skilled workers on a skilled work visa in Australia. The SAF payment will contribute to the skills development of Australian workers. It must be paid at the time of the nomination application and it is tax deductible.
The Department has been releasing potential Australian immigration law changes since 2017, including Australian citizenship changes, employer sponsored visa changes and partner visa changes. Some changes had already been implemented, some are yet to pass legislation, and some will be effective as of 1 July 2018. Let’s take a look at what we know about Australian immigration law changes so far and what will be in effect on 1 July 2018.
If you are applying for an employer sponsored visa in Australia, your employer must conduct and meet the Labour Market Testing (LMT) requirements BEFORE lodging a nomination application. Failing to do this may result in a refusal of your application. This is mandatory under the Act to provide evidence of the sponsor’s efforts to find suitably qualified and experience Australian citizens or permanent residents to fill the position.