TSS 482 Visa Australia – Temporary Skill Shortage Visa

TSS 482 Visa Australia enables employers to address labour shortages by hiring skilled workers where they cannot find an appropriately skilled Australian.

It facilitates employment of foreign workers to address temporary skill shortages, while ensuring that Australian workers get priority.

TSS visa 482 holders can work in Australia in their nominated occupation and may have a pathway to permanent residency.

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Written by Indah Melindasari, B.Com
Updated May 2020

Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa Subclass 482 Streams

There are three streams available under the TSS visa 482:

Short-term stream

This is for employers to source genuine temporary overseas skilled workers in occupations included on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) for a maximum of two years (or up to four years if an international trade obligation applies).

Medium-term stream

This is for employers to source highly skilled overseas workers to fill medium-term critical skills in occupations included on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) for up to four years, with eligibility to apply for permanent residence after three years.

Labour Agreement Term

This is for employers to source overseas skilled workers in accordance with a labour agreement with the Commonwealth, on the basis of a demonstrated need that cannot be met in the Australian labour market and standard visa programs are not available, with the capacity to negotiate a permanent residence option.

At the time of lodging a TSS nomination application, employers will need to select an employment period of up to:

  • 1 year or 2 years for the short-term stream (unless an international trade obligation applies-up to 4 years); and
  • 1 year, 2 years, 3 years or 4 years for the medium-term or labour agreements stream.

Comparison between Medium Term TSS Visa and Short Term TSS Visa

Medium & Long Term TSS Visa (482 Visa) Short Term TSS Visa (482 Visa)
Occupational List Used Occupation on MLTSSL (additional for regional) Occupation on STSOL (additional for regional)
Is It Renewable? Renewable onshore and unlimited times Renewable once onshore (2+2 max in total onshore) + more offshore
Age Requirement No Age Limit No Age Limit
English Proficiency Requirement IELTS 5 (no skill below 5) or equivalent IELTS overall 5 (no skill below 4.5) or equivalent
Work Experience 2 years of relevant work experience required 2 years of relevant work experience required
Labour Market Testing Employer tests the Australian labour market before an application to sponsor (LMT) Employer tests the Australian labour market before an application to sponsor (LMT)
Salary Rate Employer must pay the Australian Market Salary Rate (AMSR) Employer must pay the Australian Market Salary Rate (AMSR)
Health and Character Requirements Meet health and character requirements Meet health and character requirements
Permanent Residency Possibility Pathway to Permanent residency (after 3 years) NO Permanent residency pathway unless regional
GTE Requirement None Show intention of temporary stay

Medium & Long Term TSS Visa 482

Occupational List Used Occupation on MLTSSL (additional for regional)
Is It Renewable? Renewable onshore and unlimited times
Age Requirement No Age Limit
English Proficiency Requirement IELTS 5 (no skill below 5) or equivalent
Work Experience 2 years of relevant work experience required
Labour Market Testing Employer tests the Australian labour market before an application to sponsor (LMT)
Salary Rate Employer must pay the Australian Market Salary Rate (AMSR)
Health and Character Requirements Meet health and character requirements
Permanent Residency Possibility Pathway to Permanent residency (after 3 years)
GTE Requirement None

Short Term TSS Visa 482

Occupational List Used Occupation on STSOL (additional for regional)
Is It Renewable? Renewable once onshore (2+2 max in total onshore) + more offshore
Age Requirement No Age Limit
English Proficiency Requirement IELTS overall 5 (no skill below 4.5) or equivalent
Work Experience 2 years of relevant work experience required
Labour Market Testing Employer tests the Australian labour market before an application to sponsor (LMT)
Salary Rate Employer must pay the Australian Market Salary Rate (AMSR)
Health and Character Requirements Meet health and character requirements
Permanent Residency Possibility NO Permanent residency pathway unless regional
GTE Requirement Show intention of temporary stay

Work Experience Requirements for TSS Visa 482

As per the Government’s announcement, TSS visa applicants will be required to have worked in the nominated occupation, or a related field, for at least two years.

Work experience related caveats that apply at the nomination stage for the subclass 457 visa will not apply to TSS nominations.

Policy has outlined the TSS 482 visa Australia work experience requirements as below:

  1. Work experience will be considered flexibly in the context of the nominated occupation and industry practices
  2. The work experience should have been undertaken in the last five years and would need to be calculated in terms of full time work. Part time work experience may be considered
  3. Experience gained as part of the research components of a Masters and/or PhD may be considered as work experience for relevant occupations, such as medical and research occupations
  4. Experience gained through clinical placements and internships may be considered as work experience for medical practitioners, including Resident Medical Officers (RMOs)
  5. The internship component of the Professional Year Program may be considered as work experience for relevant occupations
  6. Performance experience gained while studying may be considered for applicants with a performing arts occupation.

TSS 482 Visa Australia Training Requirements

Employers sponsoring workers for a TSS 482 visa Australia must pay a training contribution charge (known as the Skilling Australians Fund levy):

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 482 visa Australia of $1,200
  • An 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 482 visa Australia of $1,800
  • An one-off payment for each employee being sponsored for a permanent ENS or RSMS visa of $5,000.

Repeat Temporary Skill Shortage Visa 482

In general, all applicants for a TSS 482 visa Australia (i.e. primary and secondary) can either be inside or outside Australia.

If the application is for a Short-term (ST) stream visa, however, the primary visa applicant must be offshore if all of the below apply:

  1. They have held more than one ST stream TSS 482 visa
  2. They were in Australia when the application for their most recent TSS 482 visa was made and
  3. This requirement would not be inconsistent with any international trade obligation (ITO).

Holders of two ST stream TSS visas in a row (where the second application was made in Australia) can apply for a further visa TSS ST stream visa offshore.

They should, however, be aware that their immigration history may be relevant in terms of whether they are considered to have met the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement for this visa stream.

Employers who are already approved standard business sponsors for subclass 457 will be able to sponsor skilled overseas workers under the TSS visa program:

  • If subclass 457 nomination and visa applications are both lodged prior to TSS implementation, they will be processed under the current framework.
  • If a subclass 457 nomination application is lodged without an associated 457 visa application being lodged before the commencement of TSS, it will, however, effectively become ‘redundant’ as subclass 457 nominations cannot be linked to TSS 48