7 Aug 2018

SAF Levy to apply to Subclass 482, 186 and 187 Visas from Sunday 12 August 2018

We have now received confirmation from the Government that the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) Levy will begin to apply to all nomination applications for Subclass 482, 186 and 187 Visas from Sunday 12 August 2018. Businesses will be required a ‘Nomination Training Contribution Charge’ (NTCC) into the SAF for each visa holder sponsored.

What is the SAF?

The SAF was approved by the Australian parliament in May 2018. The fund has been established to provide training for Australians in areas of need as identified by the Commonwealth government in association with the State and Territory governments.

Who pays the SAF fees? 

NTCC payments into the SAF will be tax deductable and must be paid by the nominating business – it cannot be paid by or recouped from visa applicant/s.

How will the SAF be applied?

The applicable NTCC costs differ depending on the size of the nominating business and the visa type.

– The NTCC fee for the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Subclass 482 Visa is calculated for each year of the requested visa term (either a one, two, three or four year period).

– The NTCC fee for the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Subclass 186 Visa and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Subclass 187 Visa is charged at the time the nomination application is lodged and is a one-off payment for each application. The Subclass 186 and 187 Visas provide permanent residence to skilled individuals.

Are the fees refundable?

We can confirm NTCC fees paid into the SAF will be refundable (or partly refundable) in certain circumstances such as:

– where a visa is refused due to the health or character of the applicant/s
– where a Standard Business Sponsorship application is refused or withdrawn

How do the changes impact me? 

Nominating businesses will be required to pay an NTCC into the SAF when lodging a nomination application for a Subclass 482, 186 and 187 Visa applicant from Sunday 12 August 2018. We will be sharing further insights on the impact of the levy and other changes in coming days.

If you have any questions on how the changes impact you or your business, please do not hesitate to contact our registered migration agents on 08 6263 4406 or

Source: Immigracious and  the Department of Home Affairs 

Sheila Woods

Posted by: Sheila Woods

A very experienced migration agent, Sheila has always been fascinated by this field. Her university degree thesis was on Australia’s post-war immigration history (and it earned her first-class honours).

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