Information for Employer Sponsors.

Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) update

The Migration Amendment (Skilling Australians Fund) Bill 2018, passed by the Parliament of Australia on 9 May 2018, is expected to be implemented during the first quarter of 2018-19.

When implemented:

  • the SAF Levy will be payable on Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS), subclass 186 and 187 nomination applications; and
  • there will be changes to the LMT settings including requiring LMT to be conducted:

–   for a period of four weeks

–   no more than four months before the nomination is lodged

–   such that advertisements set out any skills or experience requirements that are appropriate to the position.

Until the SAF levy implemented,  employers should provide evidence of meeting the training benchmarks and training compliance criteria