New Temporary Skills Shortage Visa – Labour market Testing Update

One of the key policy changes implemented along with the new Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482) (TSS) visa is a new, stricter Labour Market Testing (LMT) requirement. In this article, we set out the key requirements and the now very limited exemptions to LMT.


Previous exemptions based on occupation or skill level no longer apply. The only exemption available is where LMT would conflict with Australia’s international trade obligations as set out below:

  • The nominee is a citizen/national of China, Japan or Thailand, or is a citizen/national/permanent resident of Chile, South Korea, New Zealand or Singapore;
  • The nominee is a current employee of a business that is an associated entity that is located in an Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) country (Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam), Chile, China,​ Japan, South Korea or New Zealand;
  • The nominee is a current employee of an associated entity who operates in a country that is a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), where the nominated occupation is an Executive or Senior Manager occupations for the purposes of international trade obligations and the nominee will be responsible for the entire or a substantial part of the company’s operations in Australia;
  • The Sponsor’s business operates in a WTO member country or territory and is seeking to establish a business in Australia, where the nominated occupation is an Executive or Senior Manager occupations for the purposes of international trade obligations; or
  • The nominee is a citizen of a WTO member country or territory and has worked for the Sponsor in the nominated position in Australia on a full-time basis for the last two years.

Period in which LMT Must Occur

LMT must occur during a specific timeframe:

  • For nominations lodged before 18 June 2018 – during the 12 month period prior to lodging the nomination; and
  • For nominations lodged after 18 June 2018 – within the 6 month period prior to lodging the nomination.

However, if the sponsor or an associated entity has made any Australian worker redundant or retrenched them from positions in the nominated occupation within four months of lodging a nomination occupation, they must perform LMT since the date the redundancy/retrenchment occurred. Further information about these events will also need to be supplied to the Department of Home Affairs (Department).

Substantive requirements – no suitably qualified/experienced Australian

There are substantive requirements in terms of the how and what of LMT. Essentially, the Department must be satisfied that a suitably qualified/experienced Australian worker was not available to fill the position.

The Department has advised that it would generally be satisfied of this if the LMT meets all of the following:

  • the nominated position has been advertised in Australia;
  • the advertisement was in Englishand included the following information:
    • the title, or a description, of the position;
    • the name of the sponsor or the name of the recruitment agency being used by the sponsor; and
    • the annual earnings for the position (unless the annual earnings will be greater than the Fair Work High Income Threshold)
  • at least two advertisements were published:
    • on a national recruitment website (for example A general classifieds website is not an acceptable method;
    • in national print media;
    • on national radio; or
    • if the sponsor is accredited– on the businesses’ website.

With the LMT provisions now applying to all occupations at all skills levels (unless an international trade obligation applies), businesses who rely on overseas skills must ensure that their HR departments are aware of these requirements and have a recruitment policy in place which reflects the new requirements.

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