SAF Levy Now In Effect

The SAF (Skilling Australia Fund) levy is now being charged on any new nomination lodged under the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS), Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) or Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa  programs. The SAF levy will be payable in full at the time of lodging a nomination application.

The purpose of the SAF levy is to require employers who sponsor temporary and permanent overseas skilled workers to contribute to the broader skills development of Australians.

The SAF levy amount is payable in full when lodging a nomination application. The amount depends on the size of the sponsoring business and the proposed period of stay of the overseas worker in Australia.

Small businesses with an annual turnover of less than $10 million will need to pay $1,200.00 per year of the TSS visa sought or a $3,000.00 one off payment for applications under the ENS/RSMS program.

Businesses with an annual turnover of $10 million or more will need to pay $1,800.00 per year of the TSS visa sought or a $5,000.00 one off payment for applications under the ENS/RSMS program.

The SAF levy will only be refundable in any of the following circumstances –

  • The sponsorship and visa applications are approved, but the overseas skilled worker (visa holder) does not arrive/commence employment with the employer.
  • The employer’s sponsorship and nomination application for the overseas skilled worker is approved, but the associated visa application is refused on health or character grounds.
  • A TSS visa holder leaves the sponsoring employer within the first 12 months of employment where the visa period was for more than 12 months. Refunds will only be available in this scenario for unused full years of the SAF levy. Note: This does not apply to ENS or RSMS holders who leave their employer within the first 12 months of employment.
  • The nomination fee is refunded (for example where a concurrent sponsor application is refused).

The SAF levy will NOT be refunded if your nomination is refused.