Looking To Employ Foreign Workers

From March 2018 businesses that employ foreign workers on certain skilled visas will be required to pay an additional levy. Businesses with a turnover of less than $10 million will be required to make an upfront payment of $1,200 (or $1,800 for businesses with turnover of $10 million or more) per visa per year for each employee on a Temporary Skill Shortage visa. In addition, businesses with a turnover of less than $10 million will be required to make a one off upfront payment of $3, 000 (or $5,000 for businesses with turnover of $10 million or more) for each employee being sponsored for a permanent Employer Nomination Scheme (Sub-Class 186) visa or a permanent Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) visa.

Business Turnover

Levy – Temporary
Skill Shortage Visa

Levy – Permanent Visa Pathway
(Subclasses 186 & 187)

Below $10 million

 $1,200 per year

 $3,000 one-off payment

 $10 million or more

 $1,800 per year

 $5,000 one-off payment

The additional levy and significant associated increases in visa application charges will add further costs to businesses that rely on skilled overseas workers to develop and grow. The measures are estimated to generate additional revenue of $1.2 billion for the training and development of Australian workers who can fill skill shortages in the medium to long term.

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Individuals - Changes to the Medicare levy
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GST Changes - Purchasers to Pay GST on New Residential Premises
GST Changes - Digital Currency & Low-Value Imports
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