14 Aug 2018

SAF Refunds for Sponsoring Employers

The Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) commenced on Sunday 12 August 2018 and is now in effect with SAF refunds available in some circumstances.

Sponsoring businesses will now need to pay a ‘Nomination Training Contribution Charge’ (NTCC) into the SAF for each visa holder sponsored on a:

– Subclass 482 Visa (Temporary Skills Shortage – TSS)
– Subclass 186 Visa (Employer Nomination Scheme – ENS)
– Subclass 187 Visa (Regional Skilled Migration Scheme – RSMS)

You can view how the NTCC costs apply to these visas here or read on to find out the circumstances in which your business may be able to access a refund for the NTCC fees:

SAF Refunds

SAF refunds will be available:

– If the sponsorship and visa is approved but the visa holder does not commence employment in their nominated position

– If the sponsorship and nomination is approved but the associated visa is refused due to health or character issues

– If a TSS Subclass 482 Visa holder leaves the employer within 12 months of employment and the agreed visa period was for more than 12 months. A part refund will be available for unused full years of the agreed visa period however, this does not apply to ENS Subclass 186 or RSMS Subclass 187 Visa holders who leave their employer within 12 months of employment.

– In cases where a refund of the nomination fee applies, for example if a Standard Business Sponsorship (SBS) application is refused

– In cases of error, for example if the Department of Home Affairs approved a nomination in error

How Immigracious can assist you

Immigracious can assist you with the process to sponsor visa holders and manage your migration requirements on your behalf. If you have any questions on how the SAF impacts you or your business, please do not hesitate to contact our registered migration agents on 08 6263 4406 or

Department of Home Affairs
Migration Institute of Australia

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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