Month: April 2017

457 visa changes

457 Visa Overhaul – A Snapshot of the Impact to an Australian Business

Hartman Immigration Lawyers supports any strengthening to the integrity of the Temporary Work (Skilled)(subclass 457) visa program. We also believe in removing exploitation within the system. And we support a replacement of the subclass 457 visa system provided that the new program is tailored to better address skills shortages within the Australian labour market as well as providing flexibility for employers, thereby supporting businesses of all sizes to grow and enabling new technology and innovation to thrive in Australia.

Our concern is that the introduction of the new work visa system in its current state is too restrictive and will have adverse consequences for Australian businesses. Below is an example of how these changes can impact a business and provides an illustration of how these changes may impact upon other business in a similar position to “Company X” below.

Snapshot of potential consequences of the changes – Company X:

Company X is a recently established Australian business manufacturing and selling medical devices and plans to expand into the Brazilian market to sell its Australian product.

The business searches for a technical salesperson within Australia but cannot find an appropriate candidate with the connections, experience and Portuguese language skills to be able to adequately assist the company. However, Company X finds a Brazilian national with the required sales, marketing and language skills to drive Company X’s expansion into Brazil.

Although Company X would prefer to hire an Australian worker to fill the position (all Company X employees are Australian citizens and the company wants to avoid the cost to its business and the sponsorship obligations associated with hiring a worker through the subclass 457 visa program), this company simply cannot find a local employee with the appropriate experience and knowledge.

Accordingly, Company X lodges a subclass 457 sponsorship, nomination and visa application and the sponsorship is approved. Suddenly on 19 April 2017, the relevant occupation of Sales Representative (Medical and Pharmaceutical Products) has been removed and the company withdraws the nomination and visa application, even though the company genuinely needs the visa applicant to expand into the Brazilian market.

Company X then looks at sponsoring the visa applicant as a Sales and Marketing Manager. However, due to the new caveats, the occupation of Sales and Marketing Manager now requires the sponsoring business to have an annual turnover of AUD$1 million and Company X’s turnover is AUD$700,000.

The business cannot sponsor the employee needed to expand the company into the Brazilian market, despite the fact that this expansion may grow Company X’s turnover to the required $1 million threshold as well as create more jobs within Company X for Australian employees.

457 visa program review

The above scenario provides just one example of the consequences of the new work visa system. Whilst we support changes to the 457 visa program which improve its integrity, the new program needs to be reviewed so as to allow Australian businesses the flexibility to respond to genuine skill shortages and provide certainty going forward for employers (and investors).


The information on this website is intended only to provide a summary and general overview on relevant matters. It is not intended to be comprehensive nor does it constitute legal advice. You are advised to seek legal or other professional advice before acting or relying on any of the content contained in this website.

Australia Work Visas

Changes to Australian Work Visas

Major changes have been and are in the process of being introduced to Australian work visas and the Employer Sponsored visa program.

Following the announcement by the Federal Government on 18 April 2017 that significant changes would take place to the Australian work visa program, the amendments came into effect yesterday. Changes to both the temporary work visa stream and permanent Employer Sponsored visas will be introduced in stages as follows:

Temporary Employer Sponsored Visas

19 April 2017 Changes

Temporary Work (Skilled)(subclass 457) visas

Current holders of subclass 457 visas will be able to continue to hold their visa until the expiry date. Pending subclass 457 visa applications will be subject to the new occupation lists and applicants no longer eligible for this visa will need to withdraw their applications.

Subclass 457 applications lodged from 19 April 2017 onwards must have an occupation on the new occupation lists.

New Occupation Lists

The Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) has been replaced by the new Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

As it stands, 216 occupations have been removed from the CSOL, including the more common nominated occupations of Human Resource Adviser, Procurement Manager, Public Relations Manager, Importer or Exporter, Retail Buyer and Web Developer. See enclosed complete removed occupations list.

Occupation Caveats

Caveats have been introduced to 59 occupations on the STSOL. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has announced that visa applications where the nominated occupation falls within the scope of the ‘caveat’ will not be approved.

A list of the caveats published by the DIBP can be accessed here.

Duration of Visa Grant

Short-Term stream:  For visa applicants granted a subclass 457 visa from 19 April 2017 with an occupation on the STSOL, the visa can only be granted for 2 years with only one further extension allowed for another two years. Australian permanent residency through the subclass 186/187 Employer Sponsored scheme will not be allowed.

Medium-Term stream:  For visa applicants granted a subclass 457 visa with an occupation on the MLTSSL, it can be granted for 4 years. Visa holders will be able to apply for a permanent 186/187 visa after 3 years on a 457 visa if the employer agrees to nominate the visa holder.

1 July 2017 Changes

From 1 July 2017, the following changes announced by the Federal Government that will be introduced to the subclass 457 visa program include:

English salary exemption $96,400 is to be removed.

Training benchmarks for subclass 457 business sponsors are to set to be changed.

Mandatory penal clearance certificates will be required for all subclass 457 visa applicants.

8 March 2018 Changes

Introduction of Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa

The new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa will replace the subclass 457 visa from March 2018.

Visa applicants for the TSS will require an occupation on the STOSL or MLTSSL and two years’ relevant work experience.

Permanent Employer Sponsored Visas

19 April 2017

Occupation Lists

Eligible occupations for the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) visa on the CSOL have been condensed with 216 occupations removed and 24 occupations restricted to regional Australia.

The CSOL has been replaced with a combined STSOL and MLTSSL for eligible occupations.

1 July 2017

Occupation Lists:  The STSOL will be further reviewed based on advice from the Department of Employment. The MLTSSL will be revised based on outcomes from the Department of Education and Training’s 2017-18 Skilled Occupation List review.

English Language Requirement:  A requirement of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (or equivalent test) score of 6 in each component will be introduced.

Age:  For the Direct Entry Stream, a maximum age requirement of 45 at the time of application will be introduced.

For the Temporary Residence Transition stream, a maximum age requirement of 50 at the time of application will continue to apply.

March 2018

Occupation Lists:  For the subclass 186 and 187 visas: Only the MLTSSL will apply, with additional occupations available to support regional employers for the RSMS.

Minimum Salary Rate: A minimum market salary rate will be introduced whereby employers must pay the Australian market salary rate as well as meeting the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold.

Age Requirements:  All visa applicants must be under the maximum age requirement of 45 at the time of application.

We will continue to provide our clients and contacts with further details regarding changes to Australian work visas and the Employer Sponsored visa program as they become available.

In the meantime, for advice regarding Australian work visas, please feel free to contact the author by email at or by telephone on +61 3 9021 0986 or +61 (0)423 701 747.


The information on this website is intended only to provide a summary and general overview on relevant matters. It is not intended to be comprehensive nor does it constitute legal advice. You are advised to seek legal or other professional advice before acting or relying on any of the content contained in this website.

Australian Short Term Skilled occupation

Australian Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)

Occupations listed on the Australian Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) on 19 April 2017 are listed below.

Chief Executive or Managing Director
Corporate General Manager
Aquaculture Farmer
Cotton Grower
Flower Grower
Fruit or Nut Grower
Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower (Aus) / Field Crop Grower (NZ)
Grape Grower
Mixed Crop Farmer
Sugar Cane Grower
Vegetable Grower (Aus) / Market Gardener (NZ)
Crop Farmers (nec)
Beef Cattle Farmer
Dairy Cattle Farmer
Horse Breeder
Mixed Livestock Farmer
Pig Farmer
Poultry Farmer
Sheep Farmer
Livestock  Farmers (nec)
Mixed Crop & Livestock Farmer
Sales & Marketing Manager
Advertising Manager
Corporate Services Manager
Finance Manager
Human Resource Manager
Production Manager (Forestry)
Supply and Distribution Manager
Health & Welfare Services Managers (nec)
School Principal
Faculty Head
Education Managers (nec)
Chief Information Officer
ICT Project Manager
ICT Managers (nec)
Arts Administrator or Manager
Environmental Manager
Laboratory Manager
Quality Assurance Manager
Specialist Managers (nec) except:

  1. Ambassador
  2. Archbishop
  3. Bishop

Cafe or Restaurant Manager
Hotel or Motel Manager
Accommodation & Hospitality Managers (nec)
Hair or Beauty Salon Manager
Post Office Manager
Fitness Centre Manager
Sports Centre Manager
Customer Service Manager
Conference & Event Organiser
Fleet Manager
Transport Company Manager
Facilities Manager
Equipment Hire Manager
Dancer or Choreographer
Musician (Instrumental)
Visual Arts & Crafts Professionals (nec)
Book or Script Editor
Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage)
Film & Video Editor
Program Director (Television or Radio)
Stage Manager
Technical Director
Video Producer
Newspaper or Periodical Editor
Print Journalist
Technical Writer
Television Journalist
Journalists & Other Writers (nec)
Company Secretary
Commodities Trader
Finance Broker
Insurance Broker
Financial Brokers (nec)
Financial Market Dealer
Stockbroking Dealer
Financial Dealers (nec)
Financial Investment Adviser
Financial Investment Manager
Recruitment Consultant
ICT Trainer
Gallery or Museum Curator
Health Information Manager
Records Manager
Management Consultant
Organisation & Methods Analyst
Patents Examiner
Information and Organisation Professionals (nec)
Advertising Specialist
Marketing Specialist
ICT Account Manager
ICT Business Development Manager
ICT Sales Representative
Public Relations Professional
Technical Sales Representatives (nec) including, but not limited to, education sales representatives
Fashion Designer
Industrial Designer
Jewellery Designer
Graphic Designer
Web Designer
Interior Designer
Urban & Regional Planner
Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)
Engineering Professionals (nec)
Wine Maker
Environmental Consultant
Environmental Research Scientist
Environmental Scientists (nec)
Marine Biologist
Primary School Teacher
Middle School Teacher (Aus) / Intermediate School Teacher (NZ)
University Lecturer (Suitable for the position of Research Associate or Research Fellow in a University)
University Tutor
Education Adviser
Art Teacher (Private Tuition)
Dance Teacher (Private Tuition)
Music Teacher (Private Tuition)
Private Tutors & Teachers (nec)
Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages
Occupational Health and Safety Adviser
Hospital Pharmacist
Industrial Pharmacist
Retail Pharmacist
Health Promotion Officer
Health Diagnostic & Promotion Professionals (nec)
Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner
Complementary Health Therapists (nec)
Dental Specialist
Resident Medical Officer
Nurse Educator
Nurse Manager
Multimedia Specialist
Software Tester
Software & Applications  Programmers (nec)
Database Administrator
ICT Security Specialist
Systems Administrator
Network Administrator
Network Analyst
ICT Quality Assurance Engineer
ICT Support Engineer
ICT Systems Test Engineer
Judicial & Other Legal Professionals (nec)
Careers Counsellor
Drug & Alcohol Counsellor
Family & Marriage Counsellor
Rehabilitation Counsellor
Student Counsellor
Counsellors (nec)
Minister of Religion
Social Professionals (nec)
Recreation Officer
Welfare Worker
Agricultural Technician
Anaesthetic Technician
Cardiac Technician
Medical Laboratory Technician
Pharmacy Technician
Medical Technicians (nec)
Meat Inspector
Primary Products Inspectors (nec)
Chemistry Technician
Earth Science Technician
Life Science Technician
Science Technicians (nec)
Architectural Draftsperson
Building Associate
Building Inspector
Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians (nec)
Mechanical Engineering Technician
Metallurgical or Materials Technician
Mine Deputy
Hardware Technician
ICT Customer Support Officer
Web Administrator
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures)
Textile, Clothing  & Footwear Mechanic
Metal Fitters & Machinists (nec)
Precision Instrument Maker & Repairer
Watch & Clock Maker & Repairer
Vehicle Body Builder
Vehicle Trimmer
Roof Tiler
Business Machine Mechanic
Cabler (Data & Telecommunications)
Telecommunications Linesworker
Dog Handler or Trainer
Animal Attendants & Trainers (nec)
Veterinary Nurse
Gardener (General)
Landscape Gardener
Print Finisher
Printing Machinist
Furniture Finisher
Picture Framer
Wood Machinist
Wood Machinists & Other Wood Trades Workers (nec)
Chemical Plant Operator
Power Generation Plant Operator
Library Technician
Camera Operator (Film, Television or Video)
Make Up Artist
Sound Technician
Performing Arts Technicians (nec)
Ambulance Officer
Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedic
Dental Technician
Diversional Therapist
Enrolled Nurse
Massage Therapist
Community Worker
Disabilities Services Officer
Family Support Worker
Residential Care Officer
Youth Worker
Diving Instructor (Open Water)
Gymnastics Coach or Instructor
Horse Riding Coach or Instructor
Snowsport Instructor
Swimming Coach or Instructor
Tennis Coach
Other Sports Coach or Instructor
Sports Development Officer
Sportspersons (nec)
Contract Administrator
Program or Project Administrator
Insurance Loss Adjuster
Insurance Agent
Property Manager
Real Estate Agency Principal
Real Estate Agent
Real Estate Representative


The information on this website is intended only to provide a summary and general overview on relevant matters. It is not intended to be comprehensive nor does it constitute legal advice. You are advised to seek legal or other professional advice before acting or relying on any of the content contained in this website.

Australia MLTSSL

Australian Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

Australian Occupations listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) on 19 April 2017 are listed below.

Construction Project Manager
Project Builder
Engineering Manager
Production Manager (Mining)
Child Care Centre Manager
Medical Administrator
Nursing Clinical Director
Primary Health Organisation Manager
Welfare Centre Manager
Accountant (General)
Management Accountant
Taxation Accountant
External Auditor
Internal Auditor
Land Economist
Ship’s Engineer
Ship’s Master
Ship’s Officer
Landscape Architect
Other Spatial Scientist
Chemical Engineer
Materials Engineer
Civil Engineer
Geotechnical Engineer
Quantity Surveyor
Structural Engineer
Transport Engineer
Electrical Engineer
Electronics Engineer
Industrial Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Production or Plant Engineer
Aeronautical Engineer
Agricultural Engineer
Biomedical Engineer
Engineering Technologist
Environmental Engineer
Naval Architect
Agricultural Consultant
Agricultural Scientist
Medical Laboratory Scientist
Physicist (Medical Physicist only)
Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher
Secondary School Teacher
Special Needs Teacher
Teacher of the Hearing Impaired
Teacher of the Sight Impaired
Special Education Teachers (nec)
Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
Medical Radiation Therapist
Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Orthotist or Prosthetist
Occupational Therapist
Speech Pathologist
General Practitioner
Specialist Physician (General Medicine)
Clinical Haematologist
Medical Oncologist
Intensive Care Specialist
Renal Medicine Specialist
Thoracic Medicine Specialist
Specialist Physicians (nec)
Surgeon (General)
Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Paediatric Surgeon
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
Vascular Surgeon
Emergency Medicine Specialist
Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Diagnostic & Interventional Radiologist
Radiation Oncologist
Medical Practitioners (nec)
Nurse Practitioner
Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
Registered Nurse (Child & Family Health)
Registered Nurse (Community Health)
Registered Nurse (Critical Care & Emergency)
Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)
Registered Nurse (Disability & Rehabilitation)
Registered Nurse (Medical)
Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
Registered Nurse (Surgical)
Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)
Registered Nurses (nec)
ICT Business Analyst
Systems Analyst
Analyst Programmer
Developer Programmer
Software Engineer
Computer Network & Systems Engineer
Telecommunications Engineer
Telecommunications Network Engineer
Clinical Psychologist
Educational Psychologist
Organisational Psychologist
Psychologists (nec)
Social Worker
Civil Engineering Draftsperson
Civil Engineering Technician
Electrical Engineering Draftsperson
Electrical Engineering Technician
Radio Communications Technician
Telecommunications Field Engineer
Telecommunications Network Planner
Telecommunications Technical Officer or Technologist
Automotive Electrician
Motor Mechanic (General)
Diesel Motor Mechanic
Motorcycle Mechanic
Small Engine Mechanic
Sheetmetal Trades Worker
Metal Fabricator
Pressure Welder
Welder (First Class)
Fitter (General)
Fitter & Turner
Metal Machinist (First Class)
Carpenter & Joiner
Painting Trades Workers
Fibrous Plasterer
Solid Plasterer
Wall & Floor Tiler
Plumber (General)
Airconditioning & Mechanical Services Plumber
Roof Plumber
Electrician (General)
Electrician (Special Class)
Lift Mechanic
Airconditioning & Refrigeration Mechanic
Electrical Linesworker
Technical Cable Jointer
Electronic Equipment Trades Worker
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class)
Boat Builder & Repairer


The information on this website is intended only to provide a summary and general overview on relevant matters. It is not intended to be comprehensive nor does it constitute legal advice. You are advised to seek legal or other professional advice before acting or relying on any of the content contained in this website.


457 Visa: List of Removed Occupations

Occupations entirely removed from the list of eligible 457 visa skilled occupation on 19 April 2017 are listed below.

Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers NEC
Aeroplane Pilot
Air Traffic Controller
Air Transport Professionals NEC
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)
Amusement Centre Manager
Antique Dealer
Apparel Cutter
Art Director (Film, Television or Stage)
Artistic Director
Bed and Breakfast Operator
Betting agency Manager
Boarding Kennel or Cattery Operator
Broadcast Transmitter Operator
Building and Engineering Technicians NEC
Business Broker
Butcher or Smallgoods Maker
Call or Contact Centre Manager
Canvas Goods Fabricator
Caravan Park and Camping Ground Manager
Cinema or Theatre Manager
Clinical Coder
Clothing Patternmaker
Clothing Trades Workers NEC
Commissioned Defence Force Officer
Commissioned Fire Officer
Commissioned Police Officer
Communications Operator
Community Arts Worker
Conservation Officer
Construction Estimator
Corporate Treasurer
Court Bailiff or Sheriff (Aus) / Court Collections Officer (NZ)
Deer Farmer
Defence Force Member – Other Ranks
Defence Force Senior Officer
Dental Hygienist
Dental Prosthetist
Dental Therapist
Director of Photography
Dog or Horse Racing Official
Drama Teacher (Private Tuition)
Dressmaker or Tailor
Driving Instructor
Education Reviewer
Electorate Officer
Electronic Engineering Draftsperson
Electronic Engineering Technician
Emergency Service Worker
Engineering Patternmaker
Entertainer or Variety Artist
Environmental Health Officer
Exercise Physiologist
Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors NEC
Financial Institution Branch Manager
Fire Fighter
Fire Protection Equipment Technician
First Aid Trainer
Fisheries Officer
Flight Attendant
Floor Finisher
Flying Instructor
Food Technologist
Funeral Director
Funeral Workers NEC
Futures Trader
Gallery or Museum Technician
Gas or Petroleum Operator
Goat Farmer
Graphic Pre-press Trades Worker
Helicopter Pilot
Horse Trainer
Human Resource Adviser
ICT Support and Test Engineers NEC
ICT Support Technicians NEC
Importer or Exporter
Insurance Investigator
Insurance Risk Surveyor
Intellectual Property Lawyer
Intelligence Officer
Interior Decorator
Kennel Hand
Leather Goods Maker
Legal Executive
Liaison Officer
Licensed Club Manager
Life Scientist (General)
Life Scientists NEC
Light Technician
Maintenance Planner
Marine Surveyor
Marine Transport Professionals NEC
Market Research Analyst
Master Fisher
Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson
Media Producer (excluding Video)
Metal Casting Trades Worker
Metal Polisher
Migration Agent (Aus)
Mothercraft Nurse
Multimedia Designer
Music Director
Music Professionals NEC
Musical Instrument Maker or Repairer
Natural and Physical Science Professionals NEC
Nurse Researcher
Operating Theatre Technician
Optical Dispenser (Aus) / Dispensing Optician (NZ)
Optical Mechanic
Other Sports Official
Painter (Visual Arts)
Park Ranger
Parole or Probation Officer
Pathology Collector (Aus) / Phlebotomist (NZ)
Petroleum Engineer
Plastics Technician
Plumbing Inspector
Police Officer
Policy Analyst
Policy and Planning Manager
Potter or ceramic artist
Prison Officer
Procurement Manager
Production Manager (Manufacturing)
Public Relations Manager
Quarantine Officer
Radio Journalist
Radio Presenter
Railway Station Manager
Regional Education Manager
Research and Development Manager
Retail Buyer
Retirement Village Manager
Safety Inspector
Sail Maker
Sales Representative (Industrial Products)
Sales Representative (Medical and Pharmaceutical Products)
Saw Maker and Repairer
School Laboratory Technician
Screen Printer
Senior Non-commissioned Defence Force Member
Small Offset Printer
Sports Administrator
Sports Umpire
Stock and Station Agent
Surveying or Spatial Science Technician
Technicians and Trades Workers NEC
Telecommunications Cable Jointer
Telecommunications Technician
Television Equipment Operator
Television Presenter
Training and Development Professional
Travel Agency Manager
Travel Attendants NEC
Tribunal Member
Turf Grower
Vehicle Painter
Vocational Education Teacher (Non-Trades)
Vocational Education Teacher (Trades)
Web Developer
Wood Turner
Wool Buyer
Wool Classer
Workplace Relations Advisor


The information on this website is intended only to provide a summary and general overview on relevant matters. It is not intended to be comprehensive nor does it constitute legal advice. You are advised to seek legal or other professional advice before acting or relying on any of the content contained in this website.

Australian parliament work visa

Breaking News: Australian Temporary Work 457 Visa Program to be Abolished

Australian Temporary Work 457 Visa

The Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has just announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled)(subclass 457) visa program will be abolished. The Federal Government has already taken steps to abolish the 457 visa program in the fast-food industry in Australia.

The Federal Government will replace the subclass 457 visa with a separate short-term work visa program outlined below.

The Prime Minister stated that the new system would be “manifestly, rigorously, resolutely conducted in the national interest.”

Replacement Work Visas

The Federal Government announced that the subclass 457 visa is intended to be replaced by the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa intended to come into effect in March 2018 which will contain two separate streams, being:

  1. a two-year work visa (the “Short-Term” stream); and
  2. a more specialised four-year work visa “targeted at higher skills” (the “Medium-Term” stream).

It was announced that the two-year work visa will not have a pathway to permanent residency as is the case for the subclass 457 visa.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has also published the primary elements of the TSS visas which include:

  • new, more targeted occupation lists which better align with skill needs in the Australian labour market;
  • a requirement for visa applicants to have at least two years’ work experience in their skilled occupation;
  • a minimum market salary rate which ensures that overseas workers cannot be engaged to undercut Australian workers;
  • mandatory labour market testing, unless an international obligation applies;
  • capacity for only one onshore visa renewal under the Short-Term stream;
  • capacity for visa renewal onshore and a permanent residence pathway after three years under the Medium-Term stream;
  • the permanent residence eligibility period will be extended from two to three years;
  • a non-discriminatory workforce test to ensure employers are not actively discriminating against Australian workers;
  • strengthened requirement for employers to contribute to training Australian workers;
  • the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will collect Tax File Numbers and data will be matched with the Australian Tax Office’s records; and
  • mandatory penal clearance certificates to be provided.

A Reduction in Occupations for Work Visas

Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton announced that the current Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List which contains over 650 skilled occupations will be heavily reduced. This follows the Federal Government’s announcement last year that it would review the subclass 457 visa and the list of jobs skilled migrants could apply for under the visa.

The DIBP intends to condense occupation lists used for skilled migration visas, including the subclass 457 visa, from 19 April 2017.

Grandfathering Provisions

The Government has stated that current subclass 457 visa holders will not be affected by the changes and their visa will remain valid until its expiration.

We will keep our clients and contacts informed of the upcoming significant changes to the Australian work visa program and the subclass 457 visa.

For more information on Australian work visas, please feel free to contact the author by email at or by telephone on +61 3 9021 0986 or +61 (0)423 701 747.


The information on this website is intended only to provide a summary and general overview on relevant matters. It is not intended to be comprehensive nor does it constitute legal advice. You are advised to seek legal or other professional advice before acting or relying on any of the content contained in this website.

Project manager 457 visa

Project Manager Positions & Skills Assessments for the Australian 457 Visa

The Australian Government introduced additional exemptions for Project Managers requiring skills assessments through VETASSESS when applying for a Temporary Work (Skilled)(subclass 457) visa.

Until 1 July 2013, it was much more straightforward to apply for a subclass 457 visa for a Project Manager. Previously the position of Project Manager could be nominated across a range of industries, from childcare centres to retail establishments.

However following a Discussion Paper by what was then the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) entitled ‘Strengthening the Integrity of the Subclass 457 Visa’ it was suggested that the occupations of ‘Program or Project Administrators’ as well as ‘Specialist Managers (Not Elsewhere Classified)’ were too broadly defined and applied, and therefore open to exploitation.

The Department of Immigration therefore decided to introduce skills assessments for applicants applying as Project Managers for subclass 457 visas to limit the situations where the occupation of ‘Program or Project Administrators’ or ‘Specialist Managers (Not Elsewhere Classified)’ could be selected.

Skills Assessments for Project Managers

Mandatory skills assessments for subclass 457 visa applicants applying for the nominated occupations of ‘Program or Project Administrators’ and ‘Specialist Managers (Not Elsewhere Classified)’ were introduced on 1 July 2013. Skills assessments for these occupations need to be applied for through the skills assessment authority of VETASESS.

The extra hurdle for Australian businesses needing to sponsor a Project Manager for a subclass 457 visa has led to increased delays. VETASSESS assessments can take up to three months to process, delaying and adding extra costs to applying for a subclass 457 visa for Project Managers.

Recent Amendments to the Australian 457 Visa

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has taken into consideration the inconvenience of requiring mandatory skills assessments for Project Managers. On 23 March 2016, the DIBP advised that exemptions will now be implemented for ‘Program or Project Administrators’ and ‘Specialist Managers (Not Elsewhere Classified)’ applying for subclass 457 visas.

Exemptions may now apply in the following additional situations:

  • where applicants are applying for a repeat 457 application and completed a VETASSESS skills assessment for their previous visa for the same occupation; or
  • where applicants are nominated as intra-company transfers and employed in a similar occupation for the same company overseas.

The exemption of requiring a skills assessment for a subclass 457 visa applicant nominating the occupation of ‘Program or Project Administrators’ or ‘Specialist Managers (Not Elsewhere Classified)’ may also be applied at the discretion of a case officer where the visa applicant has significant qualifications and/or extensive work experience and:

  1. the salary level is $180,000 or more; or
  2. the sponsor is accredited.

If an exemption may apply, submissions will need to be made to the DIBP at the time of lodgement of the subclass 457 visa application.

For more information on applying for subclass 457 visas, please feel free to contact the author by email at or by telephone on +61 3 9021 0986 or +61 (0)423 701 747.


The information on this website is intended only to provide a summary and general overview on relevant matters. It is not intended to be comprehensive nor does it constitute legal advice. You are advised to seek legal or other professional advice before acting or relying on any of the content contained in this website.