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Changes to Subclass 457 Visas operating policies

The Australian Government has announced an increase in subclass 457 visa salary levels, effective July 1; the commencement of a pilot of new skills assessment requirements and a new attestation requirement for employers of temporary skilled overseas workers.

Salary levels

The minimum salary levels for Temporary Skilled Overseas Workers (subclass 457 visas) increased by 4.1 per cent on July 1, consistent with the change in average employees' total earnings since the level was last reviewed in August 2008.

New skills assessment pilot for subclass 457 visa applicants

Australia requires all visa applicants to satisfy the criteria for the granting of their visa. This means that subclass 457 visa applicants must satisfy certain skills requirements. Where necessary for safety or to prevent fraud, Australia will undertake more extensive skills assessments to confirm skills claimed by applicants.

The Government has announced that Australia is improving its skills assessment processes to provide for formal skills testing of some trade occupations.  The pilot of this arrangement commenced on 1 July and will be extended as capacities are increased.

Attestation requirement for employers

Changes have also come into effect that require employers of temporary skilled overseas workers to attest they have a strong record of and demonstrated commitment to employing local labour and non-discriminatory employment practices.

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