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High Income Threshold for ENS/RSMS Applicants

The Australian government have announced a new class of persons exempt from the age requirement – the coronavirus concession worker.

Subclass 186 (ENS) applicants who were previously exempt from age requirements when applying under the Temporary Residents Transition Stream based on the Fair Work High Income Threshold will continue to be eligible for the age exemption, despite their earnings being affected by a coronavirus employment change.

A pro-rata income threshold for the new concession period when their earnings were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may be applied where required.

Coronavirus Concession Worker

A coronavirus concession worker is defined as a person who would have been specified ‘Subclass 457/482’ workers eligible for the age exemption under the existing regulations but for the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus Employment Change

Coronavirus employment change refers to the situation where a person’s employment affected by COVID-19 occurs during the concession period, and at that time, the person was because of the coronavirus:

  • required to work at a reduced salary, or
  • required to work reduced hours, or
  • required to work part‑time, or
  • unable to work full‑time; or
  • stood down.

Subclass 457/482 coronavirus concession worker

Means a person who at all times during the 3 years ending immediately before the day the visa application was made, the person was employed:

  • by the employer who made the nomination to which the visa application relates, and
  • in the nominated occupation to which the visa application relates, and
  • the person’s employment was affected by a coronavirus employment change, and
  • for each of those 3 years that did not include any part of the concession period, the person’s earnings for the year were equal to or greater than the high income threshold (as applying at the end of the year), and
  • for each of those 3 years that included any part of the concession period, the person’s earnings for the year (excluding any earnings in a week when the person’s employment was affected by a coronavirus employment change) were equal to or greater than the pro‑rata threshold, and
  • at almost all times during those 3 years, the person held a SC 457 or SC 482 visa.